The Politics of Protest (1-31)

Preliminaries

Questions for Discussion (31)

  1. How are social movements different from other types of political activity? Why might some people find social protest to be an appealing way to try to influence political outcomes?
  2. In what ways are modern social movements different from protests that occurred prior to the nineteenth century? What historical developments triggered the evolution of the modern social mvoement?
  3. What assumptions do scholars representing the main theoretical approaches to studying movements make about why and when people protest? How do these assumptions influence their subsequent claims and conclusions?
  4. How can methodological pluralism be beneficial for social movement research?

Additional Analysis

  1. What does "activism and change" encompass, and how so? Be specific.
  2. What things do you want or expect to learn from this course, and why?
  3. Convert one of Gupta's not-really discussion questions to an actual discussion question.
  4. Choose and describe the three most important aspects of this reading. (These can be concepts, issues, arguments, etc.) Justify your choices.
  5. Identify two aspects of this reading that were (relatively) difficult to understand. Explain how these hindered your understanding of the reading.
  6. Compose one question to facilitate (substantive) discussion of something in this chapter. (This can't be a simple "yes" or "no" question.)