Discussion Questions

  • Consider what you have learned about social movements and social change in this chapter. How is the global expansion of social media likely to change how people pursue social change? How has it done so already?

  • Under what kinds of societal conditions do movements for social change seem to emerge? Describe a societal context that has brought about or could bring about the development of such a movement.

  • How do fads differ from fashions? Offer some examples of each, and consider whether and how setting phenomena in these different categories can shed light on their roots and functions.

  • What are the different types of social movements identified by sociologists? What characteristics are used to differentiate these types?

  • Design a social movement. What problem or issue would you want to address? How would you overcome the problems of social movements that were identified in this chapter?