Theories and Practices of Social Movements
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOC 3231
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Why, when, and how do groups mobilize to act against social injustice and for social change? Until the mid-20th century, scholars viewed collective action as irrational outbursts that grew out of frustration. After the civil rights, feminist, and peace movements of the 1960s, sociologists began to explain social movements by recognizing their strategy and purpose. In this course, we analyze theories that examine different aspects of social movements: political and economic reform, democratization, networks, civil society, collective identities, cultural change, and emotions. We discuss contemporary cases and explore the way these movements struggle at the local and global levels for social change. We also examine how media and technology have contributed to shifts in mobilization.