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Protests and Social Movements
My recent work has focused on racial
disparities in imprisonment, which you can see in the "racial
disparities" section of this web site.
The PowerPoint slides for my talk "The Ethnic Dimensions: Bringing ethnic divisions & conflict to the center of social movement theory" given at Notre Dame on May 5, 2012 on the occasion of my receiving the John D. McCarthy Award for lifetime achivement in social movements. Here is a PDF of the slides. This is a text write up of the talk.
My paper, "Repression and Crime Control:
Why Social Movements Scholars Should Pay Attention to Mass Incarceration
as a Form of Repression," a revision of the paper I presented
at the Social Movements Workshop August 9, 2007, explains the link
between these two lines of work. Reprint.
My paper "Talking
About Racial Disparities in Imprisonment," presented at
the meeting of the International Sociological Association in Durban,
South Africa on July 24, 2006, is in revision for publication in
Handbook of Public Sociology, edited by Vincent Jeffries.
It discusses my experiences in doing public sociology.
My recent work on research on protests
and social movements falls into two somewhat-overlapping projects
: (1) empirical studies of the interrelations
of protests, news coverage, and political processes and (2) development
of formal models of the coevolution of
social movements and cycles of protest. Note:
work on these projects summarized on this page was
supported in part by NSFgrants #SBR9819884, SBR 96-01409 and SBR
95-11748. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Diffusion and Coevolution Models of Protest
This project involves reframing social movements as coevolving
systems of protest, politics, and news coverage. Papers and
models are in process.
Papers on Coevolution Models
Critical Mass Theory
My older work on selective incentives and my work with Gerald Marwell on the Critical Mass shows how the problem of collective action cannot be reduced to a problem of individual decision-making but requires a theory of group structure and group coordination and must take account of group heterogeneity. This work is summarized in the collection of abstracts. Critical Mass Theory Abstracts
The Content and Timing of Media Coverage of
Message Events: Cycles and Comparisons
For this project, we have collected data on public events (including
protests) from multiple police agencies in Madison, Wisconsin, and
searched local newspaper archives to determine which received news
coverage. Current work focuses on determining whether
protest affects media coverage of issues.
Publications and Papers:
- "How Events Enter the Public Sphere: Conflict, Location, and
Sponsorship in Local Newspaper Coverage of Public Events" (Pamela
E. Oliver and Daniel J. Myers). American Journal of Sociology,
July 1999. Abstract. copy of published paper with more legible versions of the graphics)
- "Political Cycles and Local Newspaper Coverage of Protest Events:
From Selection Bias to Triadic Interactions" (Pamela E. Oliver
and Gregory M. Maney). American Journal of Sociology, September
2000. Abstract PDF copy of published paper
- "Finding Event Records: Timing, Searching, Sources." (Gregory
M. Maney and Pamela E. Oliver). Sociological Methods and Research,
2001. vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 131-169(39) Abstract
- "Political Processes, Social Networks, and Local Newspaper
Coverage of Public Events" Gregory M. Maney and Pamela E.
Oliver. Paper presented at 2003 meeting of American Sociological
Association, Atlanta, August 17, 2003. Abstract
- Code Book for Content Analysis of
News Stories about Protests
Other Research and Writing About Protest &
- "Emerging Trends in the Study of Protest and Social Movements."
Pamela E. Oliver, Jorge Cadena-Roa, Kelley D. Strawn. Research
in Political Sociology, Vol. 11. Betty A. Dobratz, Timothy
Buzzell, Lisa K. Waldner, eds. Stanford, CT: JAI Press, Inc. Abstract and
- Article Copy
- Oliver and Johnston. "What
a Good Idea: Frames and Ideology in Social Movement Research,"
Mobilization, Vol. 5, pp. 37-54, April 2000; Snow & Benford's Response;pp.
55-60. Our Rejoinder. pp.
61-64. Citation: "What a Good Idea: Frames and Ideologies in Social
Movements Research." (Pamela E. Oliver and Hank Johnston) Mobilization:
An International Journal 5 (1 April) 2000, pp. 37-54.
- Rothman and Oliver. "From Local
to Global" Anti-Dam Movement in Brazil.
Mobilization, Vol. 4, pp. 41-57, April 1999.
- "Bringing the Crowd Back In: The Nonorganizational Elements
of Social Movements. Pamela E. Oliver. Research in Social Movements,
Conflicts and Change; 1989, 11, 1-30. AbstractArticle copy
- "Mobilizing Technologies For Collective Action." (Pamela
Oliver and Gerald Marwell) In Aldon Morris and Carol Mueller,
editors, Frontiers of Social Movement Theory. New Haven: Yale
University Press. 1992. Abstract
Movements and Collective Behavior: Social Psychological Dimensions
and Considerations." David A. Snow and Pamela E. Oliver.
Pp. 571-599 (Chapter 22) in Karen S. Cook, Gary A. Fine and James
S. House, editors, Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology.
1995. Allyn and Bacon.
Protest Research Links
This is a collection of links to organizations that study protest
and to collections of information about protest.
- Collective Behavior
and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association
Sociology section web site
- Mobilization An international
journal in social movements research. Sponsored by the American
Sociological Association's section on Collective Behavior and
Social Movements and the International Sociological Association's
section on Social Movements.
on Transnational Contention, headed by Sid Tarrow at Cornell.
Web page includes links to bibliographies and other resources.
- Center for International
Development and Conflict Management at U. Maryland College
Park This center has a variety of research projects
on protest and conflict in the US and around the world, including
some downloadable data sets.
- Christian Davenport's Radical
- Minorities at Risk
Project Follows minorities around the world.
- Center for Systemic
Peace collects information on ethnic and other conflicts around
Austerity and Urban Innovation Project is a consortium of
researchers who have collected data on a large number of municipalities
in 38 countries, including 1400 in the US. A large amount of data
is available for secondary analysis. Many FAUI surveys include
data on social movements, which have been pooled into a common
file. The project sponsors conferences and newsletters. Web site
lists publications from the project. To access data, you need
to contact Terry N. Clark directly
to sign human subjects protection forms.
- COMM-ORG an on-line
community organizing and development site with a lot of resources.
- CBSM 2002 Workshop
at Notre Dame August 14-15, 2002
- Social Change
site hosted by Gene Shackman
by sociologists of the WTC attacks
- Web page of Sam
Bowles, economist working on coevolution of preferences and
institutions, part of Santa Fe Institute.
- Suggested films for teaching
- List of recommended
books on community organizing and related topics from Justpeace.org,
a Catholic social justice site. (links to Amazon.com)
PROTEST ORGANIZING LINKS An incomplete
and ad hoc list of protest mobilizing sites.
Questions or Comments? Email Oliver -at- ssc -dot- wisc -dot- edu.
February 25, 2013
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