Sociology 432: Social Movements
This is a chapter from a book in which Gamson had the innovative idea of trying to sample protest movements from history much the way an opinion pollster tries to sample voters from a country's population. This extract doesn't review the careful and ingenious ways Gamson went about getting his sample of 53 social movements so you have to accept the fact that these 53 are representative of all social movements in U.S. history -- or at least all social movements that have been written about sufficiently for Gamson to have coded them on his major variables.
The strength of this reading is that has a clear central hypothesis that gets tested systematically.
Gamson has two "measures" of success (described better in another section of his book not reproduced here).
What is the evidence about the success of political authorities in using violence against social movements? What is the conventional wisdom?
There are two sets of numbers in each figure: the %s on top of the bars and the n= under the bars. What do each mean?
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