Category Archive for: COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT

Social Institutions and Change

Social Institutions and Change Many changes occurred in the family, religion. education, the economy. and the political system during the twentieth century and early in the twenty-first century. As we saw in Chapter 15. the size and composition of families in the United States changed with the dramatic increase in the number of single-person and single parent households. Changes in…

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Technoloqy and Change

Technoloqy and Change Technology is an important force for change, in some ways, technological development has made our lives much easier. Advances in communication and transportation havean,a, eous  communication possible but have also brought old belicr systems and the status quo into question as never before. Today, we are increasingly moving information instead of people-and doing it almost instantly. Advances in science and…

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Population and Change

Population and Change Changes in population size, distribution. and composition  affect the culture and social structure of a society and change the relationships among nations. As discussed in Chapter 19, the countries experiencing the most rapid increases in population have a less-developed infrastructure to deal with those changes. How will nations of the world deal with population growth as the…

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The Fight Over Water Rights

The Fight Over Water Rights Who controls water rights-the rights to the world’s finite supply of potable (drinkable) water Figure 1 shows how finite that supply 15.) 15 the water supply something that individual people or governments should be able to own? Answers to that question may vary depending on  whether an individual is one of the “haves’ or…

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The Physical Environment and Change

The Physical Environment and Change Changes in the physical environment often produce changes in the lives of people; in turn, people can make dramatic changes in the physical environment. over which we have only limited control. Throughout history, natural disasters have taken their toll on individuals and societies, Major natural discriminated  hurricanes, floods, and tornado s-can devastatean entire population. In September 2005,…

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Fine-Tuning Theories and Data Gathering on Environmental Racism

Fine-Tuning Theories and Data Gathering on Environmental Racism Throughout Sociology In Our Times, we have examined social theories that help us understand the combined effect of factors such as race, class, and gender on the everyday lives of millions of people. In the ·Sociology Works’· feature, we have focused on specific theories and how applications of those theories can help us…

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New Social Movement Theory

New Social Movement Theory New social movement theory looks at a diverse array of collective actions and the manner in which those actions are based in politics, ideology. and culture. It Also incorporates factors of identity. including race. class. gender. and sexuality. as sources of collective action and social’ movements. Examples of “new social movements” include conformism and environmental environmental justice movements. Eco…

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Political Opportunity Theory

Political Opportunity Theory Why do social protests occur? According to political opportunity theorists, the origins of social protests cannot be explained solely by the fact that people possess a variety of grievances or that they have resources available for mobilization. Instead, social protests are directly related to the political opportunities that potential protesters and movement organizers believe include within the political system…

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Resource Mobilization Theory

Resource Mobilization Theory Smelser’s value-added theory tends to under emphasize the importance of resources in social movements. By contrast. resource mobilization theory focuses on the ability of members of a social movement to acquire resources and mobilize people in order to advance their cause (Oberschall, 1973; MCarthy and Zald, 1977). Resources include money. people’s time and skills. access to the media.…

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Social Movement Theories

Social Movement Theories What conditions are most likely to produce social movements? Why are people drawn to these movements! Sociologists have developed several theories to answer these questions . Relative Deprivation Theory According to relative deprivation theory. people who are satisfied with their present condition are less likely to seek social change. Social movements arise as a response 10 people’s…

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