query: social change theory syllabus
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[ed: thanks to Ann and Peter for replying to Linda's query.]
From: Ann and Timothy Curry-Stevens <echobay at sympatico.ca>
There are two pieces you may want to look at. They are from Canadian
authors with significant backgrounds in social movement practice.
1. The first is a very broad strokes article that I wrote on "Models of
Social Transformation." It is available free online (at
www.socialjustice.org). It is included in a book I wrote called "An
Educator's Guide for Changing the World." It can also be ordered through
the Toronto Women's Bookstore or through the publisher - the Centre for
Social Justice. The value of this article is its broad framing that
revolution, the safety net, liberal empowerment models, community
development and a social justice model each have distinct and separate
aims. Pros and cons of each are noted.
2. Secondly, there is a new book by a fantastic new academic Janet
Conway. Her new book "Identity, Place, Knowledge - Social Movements
Contesting Globaliziation" Chapter two - "Identity: Studying Social
Movements" will likely be very useful to your course. You might also
want to draw from the rest of her text (published by Fernwood, 2004)
which includes an in-depth analysis of one very successful SMO (as a
broad-based coalition), the Metro Network for Social Justice.
From: Peter Cox <peter.cox at chester.ac.uk>
You might check out my recent article in Ecotheology 9.1 2004 105-123
for a re-evaluation of Gandhian thinking on social change. These ideas
don't easily fit into the classic models you refer to, but my cpmmunity
studies students seem to find the applied models useful.
Dr. Peter Cox
Programme Leader in Community Studies
Department of Social and Communication Studies
University College Chester
Chester CH1 4BJ
01244 375444 xt2039
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> Dear colleagues,
> We are in the process of developing a course in our graduate social
> work program on the Theories of Social Change, and I was wondering if
> anyone would be willing to share a syllabus that they may have already
> developed in this area.
> Our current thinking is to to spend the first part of the semester
> going over important theories and then the second half applying them
> to three or so social movements. Some of the obvious theories we would
> want to include are conflict theory, resource mobilization theory,
> relative deprivation, etc. Students are already exposed to
> power-dependence theory and the use of power in other aspects of our
> program. Also, I'm sure there that a thorough search of the social
> movement literature will be fruitful in terms of this. But, it would
> be great to benefit from some of the work members on this list have done.
> Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
> Linda Plitt Donaldson, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Catholic University of America
> National Catholic School of Social Service
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> Washington, DC 20064
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