Organizations are a major source of the strains, grievances, dissatisfactions, and frustrations that lie behind social unrest

. A major point of the historical work of Charles Tilly !""#$ on protest in %estern &urope is that as organization changes so does the nature of collective behavior. The e'perience of individuals within organizations may give rise to specific and concrete concerns. (ersons with shared grievances who are in daily interaction may engage in collective protest. The potential of formal organizations to generate collective behavior is highlighted by coercive )total institutions,) such as prisons and mental hospitals, where persons are held against their will, and where their lives are highly regimented. *ecurrent prison riots are a good e'ample. Among the most dramatic and shocking collective behavior incidents in recent years were the tragic uprisings at prisons in Attica, +ew ,ork in !"-! and +ew .e'ico in !"/#. Collective behavior involving labor issues cannot be understood apart from the formal organization of the workplace. 0trikes, whether wild1cat or institutionalized, usually emerge directly from this. (rotest involving racial or se'ual discrimination in employment also emerge out of such focused conte'ts.

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