5 questions 1 page each. Sociology

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1. Give your reflection on Capitalism and redistribution "Bourgeois and Proletarians"

2. Give your reflection on Collective Behavior "Elementary Collective Groups"

3. Give your reflection on Resource Mobilization

4. Give your reflection on Treats, Opportunities and Regimes

5.Give your reflection on, Making Means

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The article "Resource mobilization and social movements" by McCarthy & Zald and
published by American Journal of Sociology in 1977 is a well-written and an interesting piece
that depicts the shifting paradigms from the social psychology of social movement participants to
resource mobilization approach. With the use of tangible facts and evidence, McCarthy & Zald
(1977) has managed to depict the importance of a social movement approach as opposed to the
past approach. It is clear from the article that social movement approach mainly centered its
operations on the mobilization of a variety of resources to support the movements. The social
movement approach is based on the belief that in order for the movement to be successful,
solidarity, money, media, an endorsement from other groups, and knowledge are critical
resources needed. McCarthy & Zald (1977) clearly depict that for a social movement to develop,
grievances and individuals should be able to mobilize adequate resources to take action.
The article is very enjoyable to me because it has used reliable empirical work and
tangible past findings to make a concrete conclusion. By relying on past findings and empirical
work, McCarthy & Zald (1977) believe that social movement organization is contingent upon the
resource aggregation. This implies that the development of movement organization largely
depends on how they are in a position to mobilize the resources. Using the well-research point of
view, the article indicates that financial resources, manpower support, and other forms of
resources shape the activities of the social movement. Although I agree with the article in most
cases, I disagree with the argument that a social movement approach should be based on the idea
that social movement organizations are the backbone of social movements. This is wrong



because it is based on a misconception that protects or...

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