Government 302, Fall, 2003 Class meets MWF at 11:15-12:05 in Warren Hall E.

Sanders 255-2305 Office: 314 White Hall Office Hours: M/F 12:15-2:00 +appt

Social Movements in American Politics Social movements are efforts, against the odds, through which people at the margins of power unite to press their grievances on the state (in this case, the national state). Analyzing a variety of movements from the late 19th century to the present, this course seeks answers to the following questions: What social and political conditions gave rise to these movements? What determined success or failure (and how should those terms be defined)? How do social movements affect political processes and institutions (and viseversa)? What is their legacy in politics, policy, and patterns of social interaction? The movements to be studied are populism; progressivism; labor; women’s suffrage and the modern feminist movement; protest movements of the 1930’s; civil rights; SDS and antiwar movements of the 60s; environmentalism; the 1980’s anti-nuclear (weapons) movement and contemporary peace movements; gay rights; and the new religious right. Some theoretical works will be used, but most of our theoretical explorations will be inductively derived, from studies of actual movements, the difficulties they faced, and what they accomplished. There will be a midterm and a final exam, and one short (10-12pp) essay based on the assigned readings (due November 28). There will be open discussion on alternate Fridays, in the classroom. Study questions on the readings will be provided regularly on the web site, Books to be used, in whole or part (see below for pages read), in order of appearance, are: Doug McAdam, Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency Frances Piven and Richard Cloward, Poor Peoples’ Movements Elizabeth Sanders, Roots of Reform Alan Brinkley, Voices of Protest Todd Gitlin, The Whole World is Watching, 2nd ed. Kirkpatrick Sale, The Green Revolution Mary F. Katzenstein, Faithful and Fearless Frances McRae and Gerald Markle, Minutes to Midnight (not in bookstore; special arrangement) Clyde Wilcox, Onward Christian Soldiers? 2nd ed. James W. Button, et al., Private Lives, Public Conflicts A packet containing additional articles (denoted with *) is available at the bookstore. All readings on reserve at Uris. Reading Schedule [Averages 110 pp/wk, but variable; pp noted in brackets, rounded] Introduction to Social Movement Theory September 1-5 Doug McAdam, Political Process…, 5-59 (concentrate on 36-59). *William Gamson, The Strategy of Social Protest, 28-37, 72-88 *Dennis Chong, Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement, 1-12 Frances Piven and Richard Cloward, Poor Peoples’ Movements, 1-37 The “Movement Culture" of Farmers in the Late 19th Century Sept. 8-12 Elizabeth Sanders, Roots of Reform, 1-6, 31-32, 101-47 Progressive Era Social Movements Sept. 15-19 Sanders, Roots of Reform, 148-77 [75] *Eleanor Flexner, Century of Struggle, chapters 20-21 *Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1-12 Organized Labor Sept. 22-26 Sanders, Roots of Reform, 30-100 (concentrate on 71-100) Piven and Cloward, Poor People’s Movements, 113-25, 131-75 *Stuart Eimer, "Labor and the 2000 Elections," Research in Pol. Sci. v. 10, 213-21 *Rick Fantasia, Cultures of Solidarity, 121-79 [190] [55] [130]

Social Protest in the 1930’s Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Alan Brinkley, Voices of Protest, 3-7, 42-53, 61-64, 71-74, 82-84, 119-123, 143-75, 179-86, [115] 192-215, 242-62 The Civil Rights Movement Oct. 6-10 Fall Break Oct. 15-17 Doug McAdam, Political Protest and …Black Insurgency, 60-201 Oct. 13-14 McAdam, 205-229; *Dennis Chong, Collective Action and the C.R. Movement, 197-206 [35] [140]

(Midterm EXAM is on Friday, Oct. 17)

Movement and Media in the '60s Oct. 20-24 Todd Gitlin, The Whole World is Watching, 1-71, 89-92, 127-56, 180-92, 209-232 [135] *“Port Huron Statement” in Takin’ it to the Streets 61-74. (You may find it helpful to read Frederick Miller, “The End of the SDS,” in Jo Freeman, ed., Social Movements of the 60’s and 70’s, on reserve at Uris. However, this is not required since the chronology will be covered in lecture).

Oct. 27-31

Monday: Film: "Berkeley in the 60’s"; Wed.-F ri: Introduction to Post-Materialism. [20] *Jeffrey Berry and Deborah Schildkraut, “Citizen Groups, Political Parties and Electoral Coalitions” in Costain & McFarland, eds., Social Movements and American Political Institutions, 136-56. Environmentalism

Nov. 3-7

Kirkpatrick Sale, The Green Revolution, 1-108 Women and Equal Rights


Nov. 10-14

*Anne N. Costain, Inviting Women’s Rebellion, 26-45 Mary F. Katzenstein, ix-xi, 3-103 The Peace Movement of the 1980’s and Post-Sept. 11, 01


Nov. 17-21

Francis McCrea and Gerald Markle, Minutes to Midnight, 43-146 *David S. Meyer, "How the Cold War was Really Won," in Marco Giugni et al., How Social Movements Matter 182-96, 200-02 *George Packer, "Smart-Mobbing the War," NYT Magazine, 3/9/03, 46-49 *Andrew Boyd, "The Web Rewired the Movement," The Nation 4/11/03, 13-18 The New Religious Right


Nov. 24-26

Clyde Wilcox, Onward Christian Soldiers? 2nd ed., 3-30, 34-158


(Thanksgiving break = Nov. 27-30. Class meets Wed. Nov. 26) Essay due Friday, November 28 in class. Penalties accrue daily for late papers. Make sure time received is noted, by department stamp or by my notation on the paper, if not turned in in class.). Read "Paper Writing Pointers" (at web site) carefully before writing. Gay Rights and the Politics of Identity December 1-5 James W. Button, et al, Private Lives, Public Conflicts, 1-98, 173-213 Review for Final [135]

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