Extra Credit Assignment for Sociology

Extra Credit Assignment
Search a real newspaper (can be online). ?Real = Los Angeles Times, New
York Times, Wall Street Journal, or other nationally- or internationally-
circulating daily newspapers
Find an article about a local, state, national, or international issue that a
grassroots movement is mobilizing around, which was written in the last
year. Research the purpose and nature of at least one grassroots
organization participating in this movement.
Write a 5-7 page paper (double-spaced, 12pt font) that addresses the topics
below. Be sure to include proper citations of all the sources you use. This
assignment will be reviewed using Turnitin software.
1. What is the social issue your movement is addressing? Why?
2. Is this a local, regional, national, or international issue? Explain in detail.
3. What is the historical, political, and cultural context that led up to this
social movement?
People, Groups, Goals, and Tactics:
1. Describe the groups associated with this social movement. Do they rely
on volunteers or paid employees? Describe the average person who is
2. What is the organizational structure? How are decisions made?
3. What are the main goals of this grassroots movement? What are the main
4. What types of strategies and tactics are most commonly used (i.e., direct
action, mainstream, etc.). Using theories we?ve discussed in class, explain
why they might choose these particular tactics.
Grassroots Participation Theory:
1. Apply at least one of the theories we?ve discussed from Tocqueville,
Eliasoph, or McAdam to this grassroots movement.

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