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 & 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 11: Continue discussions
Oct 16-25: Mobilization depends upon the social organization of the people.
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.
- I will also summarize the arguments from Jo Freeman’s The Tyranny of Structurelessness.
- Oliver & Marwell Mobilizing Technologies for Collective Action is about the dilemmas of paid vs volunteer activism
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 )
- Central Discussion topic is logic of disruptive tactics and civil disobedience.
Nov 6 & 8: Policing protests & policing the oppressed
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.