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ERIC Number: ED224736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Structural Continuities in Protest Activity: The Legacy of Sixties Activism.
McAdam, Doug
Although recent research suggests that individuals active in social protest in the 1960's maintain their activist identities, the structural links which allow the continuity have yet to be identified. A review of research reveals that the continuity of self-identification, political attitudes and activities, and occupational choices is influenced by proximity to and interaction with movement members; that is, structural support must exist. Radical political attitudes are generated and sustained through interaction with other like-minded individuals. One theory is that activist networks forged during the (1960's) survive in a highly fragmented form. Any given individual may only be linked to one or two others, but when aggregated, these connections can expand to a large proportion of the population. Another possibility is that individual continuities are sustained through new networks forged on a local level by former activists. Recent evidence of these networks is seen in the rapid mobilization of the anti-draft and nuclear freeze movements. Thus, in spite of the seeming disinterest in collective action, the United States could be closer to widespread protest than appearances would suggest. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, CA, September 5-9, 1982).