An introduction to classic and contemporary debates in social movement studies and critical examination of popular resistance in local and global contexts.
The paper deals with a key aspect of sociology, namely social change as carried out by ordinary social actors. The study of social movements is a well-established sub-discipline in sociology, but it spans a number of cognate disciplines, including politics, anthropology, geography, history, economics and social psychology. The interdisciplinary nature of social movement studies allows us to examine various aspects of resistance through a range of lenses. Historically, scholars of social movement studies focused on the origins, development, leadership, organisation, strategies, ideology, context and impact of historical and contemporary movements that have some kind of formalised structure. In this paper, we will go beyond the boundaries of classic social movement studies to consider contemporary analyses of popular resistance in local and global settings that occur outside the context of formally organised social movements.
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|Social Movements and Popular Protest
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- 18 200-level ANTH, CRIM, GEND or SOCI points or 54 200-level points from Arts and Music Schedule C
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- May not be credited together with SOCI404 completed in 2015 or 2016.
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Course co-ordinator and instructor: Associate Professor Marcelle Dawson
Edwards, G. (2014) Social Movements and Protest, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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- Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Ethics, Global perspective, Cultural understanding Critical thinking, Lifelong learning, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Become familiar with the scholarship associated with social movement studies, including its theoretical and methodological traditions.
- Develop a global perspective on social movements and popular protest in national and international contexts.
- Critically apply social movement theories to historical and contemporary cases of social movement mobilisation.
- Compare and account for the differences between social movement mobilisation and collective action that occurs in the absence of formal organisation.
- Critically analyse the evolving strategies and tactics that are involved in collective resistance.