Soc 626 Readings, Assignments and Lectures


  1. * materials are required. All others are recommended, not required. There are also links to further lists of recommended readings.
  2. GJ refers to readings in Goodwin & Jasper, eds., The Social Movements Reader. It will not be here before Feb. 1. Alternate readings are suggested and the required readings will be changed if we decide not to use the book.
  3. Articles in Social Science On-Line reserves are protected by classlist authorization and limited to students enrolled in the class. You will be asked for your UW NetID and password. Most of these are PDF files.
  4. Articles listed as “JSTOR” or “Stable URL” are accessible to anyone recognized as having a UW computer connection.
  5. Other articles are physically stored on my web site and are protected by a username and password which has been distributed to class members. Contact me directly if you need to know the password.


Sept 4-6: Introduction.

Sept 6 & 11: I lectured on introductory concepts;

Sept 13: we watched an episode of Eyes on the Prize;

Sept 18: The political context of protest.


Why Do People Participate? Interests, Motivations, Identities.

Sept 20: Interests and the problem of collective action

Sept 20 & 25: Mobilization Process

Sept 25: Motivations and Attitudes NOTE: Actually discussed Sept 27, except Wood & Hughes discussed Sept 25.

Sept 27: Identities, emotions, commitment processes. Rescheduled to October 2


 How do people understand their grievances and persuade others to participate?

Oct 4 – 11: Frames, ideologies and other ways of talking about ideas.

Oct 9: Frames, ideologies and other ways of talking about ideas continued.

Oct 11: Continue discussions


 Social Structure

Oct 16-25: Mobilization depends upon the social organization of the people.

Oct 16: Existing Networks link people and organizations and are created by movements.

Oct 18: Organizations. Arguments about what is the best form of movement organization, competition between organizations, professionalization. ( Was assigned for Oct 18.  We will discuss Oct 23. Main points Will be on Exam #1)

Oct 25: Exam 1 covers material through this point

Oct 30: Loose ends.

This class will be a discussion of themes from prior readings on organization that we did not have time to dig into plus a look to the next classes on strategy and tactics.


 Tactics/strategies: interactions between movements and their opponents

Nov 1 – Nov 8. Repertoires of action, counter-movement pairs, repression dynamics, violence, terrorism.

(Note: I am re-working the second half of the course and may change the order of items after Nov 6 to allow time for some topics I think are especially interesting.)

Nov 1: What Movements Do (Read items 1-5 for Nov 1 )

Nov 6 & 8: Policing protests & policing the oppressed

November 13-15: Case Study of Movement Tactics, Repression, News Coverage, Political Context: The Battle of Seattle.


 News as Data, News as Actor

Nov 20: News as data, news as actor.

Nov 27: was an open discussion that mostly talked about alcohol movements.

Nov 29: Central discussion topic is difference vs sameness in identity deployment.

Dec 4 & 6: We will come back to political structures and outcomes.

NOTE: Last objective exam is December 11. Last class is December 13, after the test, and will be used for a more open-ended discussion of what we have learned and where we go from here.