Macro Theory Application to Pro Life Social Movement

This paper should be based off of the attached paper but explain the macro theories below and how they relate to the Pro Life movement.

In this paper you will apply one of the macro theories of movements we have discussed to explain part of your social movement. You will have to explain the theory, then discuss how it applies to the movement you studied. This will include evidence about the movement, drawn from scholarly work or other similar sources. It is perfectly fine to claim that the theory does not explain the movement well.

Remember our macro theories are:

Resource Mobilization
Political Opportunity

And they can be used to explain how a movement mobilizes, changes, and demobilizes. As you explain them, pretend like I did NOT teach you about them. Explain them as if you were explaining them to someone not in this class. You should make it clear what the theory expects versus what specifically happened: “According to XXXX theory, the movement should mobilize after YYYY. We can see that this did not happen, instead the movement became less active after YYYY. In particular…”


Do I need to provide cites when I summarize the theory? Yes, you do. You should use cites from either our readings or the lecture.

Do I need to repeat the first paper? As you write you can assume that I’ve just read your first paper (or a revised version of it).
So you do not need to repeat the entire history of your movement again.
Can it be more than 3 pages double spaced? Yes, my page limits are there to guide you not as strict rules.
If you find yourself going a lot longer than 3 pages though try to figure out what events and organizations are most important to the history of your movement.

Where can I go for sources? Here are a few places to start:
Wiley Online Library (Links to an external site.) contains a bunch of short writeups from academics about movements.
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements has longer writeups of US movements. This is not online (that I can find) but the chapters are listed here  (Links to an external site.)and King library has a reference copy you can use if you are near campus.
Mobilization (Links to an external site.) is the premier social movement journal. As academic articles, these will be less about history but can still be helpful.
Google Scholar (Links to an external site.) is the most useful academic research engine there is.

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