OpenStax College: Introduction to Sociology: "Chapter 21: Social Movements and Social Change"

Read this chapter for a review of social movements and change.

As you read each section, consider the following topics:

  • The text asks: "What do Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the anti-globalization movement, and the Tea Party have in common?" Answer this question for yourself.
  • Take note of the different forms of collective behaviors. Also take note of the different types of crowds.
  • Take note of social movements on a state, national, and global level. Be able to distinguish between different types of social movements, and explore the theoretical perspectives on social movements, such as resource mobilization, framing, and new social movement theory.
  • Take note on how technology, social institutions, population, and the environment can bring about social change. Also note the importance of modernization in relation to social change.