Political Protest And Social Movement Summary

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1. The concept of political protest or social movement is notoriously vague and flexible. How does David Meyer define a protest or social movement? Contrast Meyer’s definition with the definition provided by others.
Meyer’s makes sure to include definitions by various scholars such as Tarrow. Tarrow proposes that the definition of is one that includes sets of collective issues founded on common purpose and social solidarity, “in sustained interaction with elites, opponents, and authorities” (Meyer 11). In contrast, McCarthy and Zald believe that political protest is defined by a population’s set of beliefs and opinions that represent the desire for, “changing some elements of the social structure and/ore reward distribution of a society” (11). …show more content…

He includes the example of the increase voter base in the form of former slaves, women, and then youth as they become part of an elected officials constituents and therefore enter and have the ability to influence mainstream politics.
3. What are the implications of the Madisonian constitutional design for social movements?
Meyer includes numerous implication of the Madisonian constitutional design on pages 26 and 27 with regards to social movements. A few of its impacts include how the guarantee of civil liberties enables the dissatisfied to take to the public and join others in mass movements. However, in order to gain notice, these activists must be able to develop a large coalition whose, in an effort to reach the most amount of people, message will over time soften. Elected officials will be interested in reacting to public protest as their jobs depend on how well they are able to hear the needs of their constituents. In general, the overall effect of the Madisonian constitutional design ensures that social movements live in a dynamic interaction with the political

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