Angry People 's Movements And The Structuring Of Protest

1099 WordsMay 24, 20175 Pages
Yes, major social or economic dislocation is necessary for protest to erupt. In fact, in “Poor People’s Movements and the Structuring of Protest,” Pivon and Cloward make the claim that for the occasion for protest to arise amongst the poor there has to be a change in consciousness or behavior that breaks political norms because otherwise the notion of protests is not available to them. They assert, “First, ‘the system’— or those aspects of the system that people experience and perceive— loses legitimacy” and “Second, people…begin to assert “rights” that imply demands for change” (Pivon & Cloward 381). However, this change in consciousness and behavior that leads to protests and collective action cannot occur until social or economic…show more content…
In general, I believe that protests and a higher level of consciousness in the lower and middle class have been on the rise for a very long time. Now it has become a part of our culture, where people are outraged and take collective action online and in the streets. Although I agree that there is usually a singular event or instance that sparks the consequent series of protests, it is naïve to think that there aren’t already individuals fighting for or against a cause related to that event. Maybe on a grand scale social or economic dislocation certainly does lead to mass consciousness and therefore protests but that does not negate the fact that they may have already been happening on a smaller scale. What is meant by having an eruption of protests is that the political climate suddenly became so adverse due to a specific event or occurrences that it allowed for civilians to finally express their qualms with society through protest. When civilians are subject to certain injustices it takes many factors for them to finally decide to stand up to their authorities, often the government, and make demands for better treatment or resources through changes in laws and policies. In Goodwin and Jasper’s Social Movements Reader, it mentions that theorists believe that individuals often join movements when they feel alienated from the world around them or
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