Emphasis on sociological analysis of social movements of twentieth century America. Emphasis on the application of sociological theories to the conditions that facilitate social movements, from their development to how success is measured. Case studies of the Progressive era reform movements, the labor movement, the women's movement, the environmental movement, the gay rights movement, the civil rights movement, ethnic identity movements, anti-globalization movements, Occupy Wall Street, and other movements. Cross-listed as SOCI 375. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History
By Allyn, Davis (Routledge) Recommended
Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994
By Armstrong, Elizabeth (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song
By Armstrong, Julie Buckner, et. a (Routledge) Recommended
Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective
By Bender, Daniel and Richard A. Greenwald (Routledge) Recommended
Teamsters and Turtles? U.S. Progressive Political Movements in the 21st Century
By Berg, John C. ( Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
Gaia’s Wager: Environmental Movements and the Challenge of Sustainability
By Bryner, Gary C. (Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to Homeland Security
By Crothers, Lane (Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
By Diner, Steven J. (Hill and Wang) Recommended
Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century
By Eyerman, Ron and Andrew Jamison (Cambridge) Recommended
The War on Choice
By Feldt, Gloria (Random House) Recommended
No Turning Back: The History of American Feminism and the Future of Women
By Freedman, Estelle B. (Random House) Recommended
Waves of Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties
By Freeman, Jo and Victoria Johnson (Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
By Gitlin, Todd (Random House) Recommended
Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Meaning, Emotion
By Goodwin, Jeff and James M. Jasper (Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
Cyberpolitics: Citizen Activism in the Age of the Internet
By Hill, Kevin A. and John E. Hughes (Rowman and Littlefield) Recommended
In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists
By Ingram, Catherine (Parallax Press) Recommended
The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism
By Labaton, Vivian and Dawn Lundy Martin (Knopf Academic Publishers) Recommended
Waves of Democracy: Social Movements and Political Change
By Markoff (Sage Publications) Recommended
Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice
By McCaughey, Martha and Michael D. Ayers (Routledge) Recommended
Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed and How They Fail
By Piven, Frances Fox and Richard A. Cloward (Vintage) Recommended
Freedom is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements
By Polletta, Francesca (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
Sounding Off: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution
By Sakolshy, Ron and Fred Wei-Han Ho (Autonomedia) Recommended
Social Movements, 1768-2004
By Tilly, Charles (Paradigm Publishers) Recommended
To understand social movements from a sociological perspective; understand the conditions that facilitate their emergence; how “success” is measured.
To understand significant social movements of the 20th century from a sociological perspective: progressive era movements, the labor movement, the women’s movement, racial/ethnic movements of the 1960s and 1970s such as the civil rights movement, the red power movement and the chicano rights movement, the environmental movement, and the gay rights movement.
Differentiate between social movements and collective behavior.
Analyze competing theories of social movements.
Assess social movement success.
Describe significant social movements of 20th century American society.
Evaluate the impact of such movements on American society.
Social movements and collective behavior.
Sociological theories of social movements - Relative deprivation theory - Resource mobilization theory - Political process theory - Smelser’s necessary conditions for a social movement to emerge - RSMO’s - radical social movement organizations
Assessing social movement success
Analysis of American social movements - The progressive era - The labor movement - The women’s movement - Racial/ethnic movements of the 60s/70s * The civil rights movement * The red power movement * The chicano rights movement * The environmental movement
Status of social movements today
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
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the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
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subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.