things to read


tarrow, selections from power in movement

definitely read tarrow… but if you have time (ha!) and want to look at how social movements get discussed in the broader (including activist) media, here are a few things you could take a glimpse at to get some exposure to what people talk about when they talk about social movements….


matt taibbi, “a march to irrelevance”

this was written after the RNC protests in NYC in 2004, but could be any standard criticism of political protest from “sympathizers” — what’s his problem? what’s theirs?


betsy reed, “why so many demands for demands?”

and from our own middlebury campus!!! “why occupy wall street will fail”

(hmmmmm…. that link seems to have died. you can find an alternative here.


SEPTEMBER 16         McAdam book, ch. 1-4

SEPTERMBER 18    McAdam book, ch. 5-6

SEPTEMBERATOR 23  McAdam book, ch. 7-9



d. mcadam “recruitment to high-risk activism” 

lots of things interesting here, but i will just point you towards one: how are boundaries defined and defended in social movements? how does risk relate to belonging?


j. jasper, j. goodwin “caught in a winding, snarling vine”

what’s their critique of political process model? what’s your critique of their critique?


October 28

finish the last bit of ginsburg

M. M. Ferree “resonance and radicalism” [comparing the US and germany. this is about 40 pp long, including charts/references, which is to say it is not crazy long, but it is not reasonably short either. if you are interested, but don’t have all the time in the world, some suggestions to keep things from becoming too much of a burden: read the section entitled, “constitutional interpretation of abortion in germany and the us” and read the “conclusion” — there is a bunch of interesting data in the middle, but you can read that if you are into that kind of thing. but these 2 sections should give you a decent summary of the study and the findings and the argument]
A. Shostak et al. “abortion clinics and waiting room men” [sadly (or not…) not much research on men. shostak is really the go-to researcher here. this is what he has found. maybe it answers your questions, maybe not, but there’s plenty of fodder for discussion here….]