Roundtable


Think through what each of these paradigms seem to be suggesting about who "decides" (defines the movement, frames constituencies), how paradigms address the complex relationship between personal and collective agency, how movements gather and mobilize constituencies as well as position adversaries, what "educational" forums (about self, about issues) exist for participants/audiences and during what stages of mobilization, which methodologies are most suited to helping us understand which aspects of identification, and what key concepts/assumptions underscore the theories being presented. Feel free to use this week's summaries (by Adam) and each article's conclusion in your "encapsulations" of each paradigm.


POOF! You are a sociologist! Encapsulate the key assumptions and claims about identity that NWM and Framing theorists offer. Infuse this with the insights into the identification practices of those who participate in self/other-directed movements as rhetoricians understand them.

POOF! You now have your Rhetoric degree in hand (congratulations!) Encapsulate the key insights into the identification practices of social movement participants that rhetoricians have offered with regards to those who participate in self/other directed-movements (you can throw in some Burke here as long as you are willing to summary this for audiences who might not be familiar with this work). Infuse this with the key assumptions and claims about identity that NSM/Framing theorists offer.



Audience Participation

Use this week's "big theory" readings to unpack recent events that have taken place during the "Occupation of Wall Street." How are protesters working, consciously or unconsciously, to claim agency by crafting and exporting positive self-identifications, framing enemies and using this to bolster self-worth, and establishing collectivities, both material and symbolic, in the public eye. What tools from this week's theory are helpful in unpacking this case study? What can this case study offer to those who study the identification processes of movement participants?

Look over the questions your classmates submitted for today's class. Tease out their major concerns regarding the "problem of class," the nature of movements and movement activity, and the seemly perpetually shifting nature of identification, both self and collective. Unpack these problems by identifying gaps and conflicts in theory and methodological approaches as well as potential means of addressing these problems. What work still needs to be done in order to attend to these problems more effectively? Or, at least, more.