Really busy this week. Could not put anything together in time, much less something worth your time. Plus I could not stay engaged this week with all the coverage of poor little rich girl Meghan and her ridiculous husband. Someone ought to pour gasoline all over they’re gilded cage, and then…you know…Say “Hello” to their buddies the Romanovs and Marie Antoinette?
So as a bribe, I offer you a gallery of some cool riot porn. Check us out on Sparking The Left on Tumblr (it’s getting really cool over their if you likes pics and memes) and follow us at our Twitter page @LeftSparking (promise there’ll be more activity this week.) Be back Wednesday with an update to the STL Image Gallery!
…One more, a classic from Class War from when Prince William, or whichever one, was born.
Today I am providing the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective.
Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them.
It is an academic paper with cited sources from peer-reviewed journals, but do not be intimidated. I made it as accessible as possible.
You will be able to find the piece in its entirety beneath the “New Work” tab at the top of the STL homepage, but you can find the introduction below:
Below you will find a brief introduction to social movement (SM) theory and its main tenets from a sociological perspective. I include the three dynamics that serve as the foundation in the studies of SMs today: resource mobilization theory, political process theory, and framing processes. Hopefully this paper will inspire you to do some of your own research if you plan on engaging in contentious politics. I believe that all actors practicing collective action would be much aided with such a line of research.
All of the referenced material here can either be found in a downloadable .pdf format at Google Scholar or cited for reading at your local university’s library.
A fascinating article in The Guardian about “the campaigning community bringing people-powered politics to decision-making worldwide,” Avaaz.org . Through the report’s storytelling, it also analyzes and comments on on-line activism and if it is a new rising force to impact political change, or just “slacktivism,” i.e., “…a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it take satisfaction from the feeling they have contributed. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist” (Wikipedia).
Here’s a transcript of an interview done by the Washington Post on Oct. 1st with Noam Chomsky. It covers many issues: The U.S. involvement in Syria; Change in Latin America; Signs of a possible decline in American influence worldwide.