The Free-Rider Problem Chapter 6
1. Why might it be hard to get rational and self interested individuals to help achieve a group goal?
2. Is it easier for rational individuals in an economic system to independently change their behavior or to form a group to accomplish a set of goals in the socio-political context? Explain.
3.Describe how it is more advantageous in some cases to be a free-rider than a participant.
4. Explain why it is important to pay taxes for public services.
5. Name a group and explain how it might withhold benefits from nonmembers.
6. Describe a nation state.
Recruits to Civil Rights Activism Chapter 7
1. Why were the upper class white college students needed for the Freedom vote campaign?
2. Based on the applicants for the “Freedom Vote Campaign”, what were three components that represented most of the recruits?
3. What unique characteristics about college students and privileged college students make them ideal for activism?
4. What is cognitive liberation?
5. For most of the applicants, was the Freedom Summer their first attempt at activism?
6. How did biographical availability play a role in which applicants were able to show up?
Middle-Class Radicalism and Environmentalism Chapter 8
1. What are the differences between the general public and environmentalists
2. What are the competing paradigms in the movement?
3. Study Figure 8.1.
4. How does the occupation of an individual play a role in their views towards environmentalism?
5. What suggestions are there to increase the rationality of the debate with some environmentalists about some of the scientific facts?
Who are the Radical Islamists? Chapter 9
1. What levels of education do some radical Islamists have? Give a few examples. Does it differ by region?
2. How educated were the 9/11 alleged hijackers?
3. How are Khomeini's Iran and Taliban's Afghanistan different?
4. Explain how Islamists are divided on how to achieve their goals.
5. How might the U.S. -led war on terrorists benefit Islamists?
Generating Commitments Among Students Chapter 10
1. What are affective ties?
2. What can cause individuals to become movement participants and sacrifice their personal welfare for the group cause?
3. What happened during the Columbia University divestment protest?
4. What were some of the sacrifices and risks that individuals faced by participating in the protest?
5. What happened when the group and individual members were targeted?
Sustaining Commitment Among Radical Feminists Chapter 11
1. What is collective identity?
2. How was language a barrier between feminists and nonfeminists?
3. Describe the two kinds of changes that can occur in how challenging groups construct their boundaries when their social movement falls on hard times.
4. How did the distance from the network play a role on who lost contact to the feminist movement?
5. Is it possible for the commitment of feminists' to survive?
True Believers and Charismatic Cults Chapter 12
1. How are sanctions used against members?
2. What role did peer pressure play in the party?
3. Know how the four dimensions of the social structure that limited knowledge and access about the DWP and Heaven's Gate.
4. How did the DWP and Heaven's Gate use external and internalized mechanisms of control?
5. Give an example and explain the four dualistic categories of personal boundaries.
Disengaging from Movements Chapter 13
1. How do you maintain movement commitment?
2. Explain why neglect is difficult to observe.
3. Is everyone who leaves a movement burned out?
4. What are the possible responses to when a movement declines?
5. Give an example of each response when a movement declines.
World Views of Pro- and Anti-Abortion Activists Chapter 14
1. Define movement culture.
2. What are the Pro-Life views of the World?
3. How does religion influence this debate?
4. What do neither of these points of view fully appreciate?
5. Read the biography of Joan Andrews.
Ideological Purity in the Women's Movement Chapter 15
1. Why is the doctrine of “us against them” successful?
2. What are cross-cutting ties?
3. How does a social group maintain doctrinal purity and homogeneity?
4. Explain the Iron law in social movements.
5. Give an example of escaping the Iron Law.
Are Frames Enough Chapter 16
1. Define a frame.
2. Why does framing matter and at the same time it's not all that matters?
3. What critical movement-building components did the RICADV already establish?
4. How was the media not actually helping the RICADV cause?
5. How can framing effect individual citizens?
The Emotions of Protest
1. Give an example of emotion management.
2. What are emotions?
3. How do emotions enter into protests?
4. What are some relevant emotions to protests?
5. Give an example of how certain social movements aim at changing the broader culture of their society, including the acceptability and display of emotions.
Classic Protest Songs: A List Chapter 18
1. List 6 protest songs and explain why they fit the social movements of their time.
Social Movement Organizations Chapter 19
1. What are resources?
2. How is resource mobilization viewed in the traditional perspective?
3. Explain how social movements are like organizations. Give an example of this.
4. What are the different hypotheses proposed in The Elements Applied section?
Organizational Repertoires Chapter 20
1. What are the two theoretical assumptions that have led us to discount social movements as sources of change?
2. What is the central claim to the article?
3. Why is it important to follow the money?
4. Give an example in which the form of organization in an organization might change.
5. What is the new system of political organization that grew out of an eclectic process of reorganization?
Transnational Environmental Activism Chapter 21
1. Define transnational advocacy network.
2. What two strategies is direction action based on?
3. Over the past few decades, there has been a shift in attitudes towards the environment. What has been the result of that?
4. What has played an important role in convincing corporations to alter their practices?
5. How have TEAGs empowered local communities?
6. Read the biography of Lois Gibbs.
The Transnational Network for Democratic Globalization Chapter 22
1. Be able to explain and give examples of each of the tables in the chapter.
2. What is the key point of the discussion on mobilizing structures?
3. Explain what the most intense and integrated forms of transnational cooperation are.
4. Do formal organizations provide predictability and stability? Explain.
5. How might the expansion of a more formally organized and more densely networked global civil society might contribute to the democratization of the global political system?
6. Have the capacities of transnational collections of activists changed from more limited, elite-level lobbying toward increasing mass-based political action? Explain.
First Along the River Chapter 5
1. What is the Progressive era.
2. What was Roosevelt's role in the conservation movement?
3. Explain what Pinchot's contributions were in the chapter. How did this effect politics?
4. What is the Hetch Hetchy Dam?
5. How can environmental conservatism help prosperity?
6. What important events happened under the New Deal?
First Along the River Chapter 6
1.What were the environmental costs of scientific progress in the 1940s?
2. List some of the emerging voices in the 1950s and their contributions.
3. Lists some of the ecological disasters the befell the country in the 1960s.
4. What was the significance of the baby boomer generation? How does this differ with their parents?
5. How did Earth day come to be?
6. Explain the significance of Earth Day.
First Along the River Chapter 7
1. What happened legislatively as a result of the 1960s?
2. List a few of the mainstream and alternative environmental groups and their significance.
3. What is the difference between the Gaia hypothesis and deep ecology?
4. What is Greenpeace and what has it accomplished?
5. What is the EPA and how did it help establish clean water and air?
6. What did Jimmy Carter and “envirocrats” accomplish?
First Along the River Chapter 8
1. What were some of the ways Reagan began environmental deregulation?
2. Why was George Bust known as the environmental president?
3. What was the issue between employment and the environment?
4. What are some of the environmental groups actions and reactions in the chapter?
5. What happened at the Earth Summit?