The Organization (66-98)


Questions for Discussion (97-98)

  1. In what ways can social movements benefit from developing formal organizational structures and attracting highly trained, professional staff? Why do some scholars argue that such organizations can ultimately be detrimental to the movement's overall political goals? With which perspective do you agree, and why?
  2. How might technological developments such as access to the Internet and social media limit the role that formal organizations play in decentralized, network-based movements?
  3. Under what conditions are social movements groups likely to cooperate with each other? What factors might increase competition among movement groups?
  4. How can initial acts of protest encourage more people to mobilize and subsequently form additional social movement groups? Why does this expansion of protest not go on indefinitely?

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