CMST224--RHETORIC OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
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OBJECTIVES: In CULTURAL POLITICS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, Marcy Darnovsky, Barbara Epstein, and Richard Flacks define social movements as "collective efforts by socially and politically subordinated people to challenge the conditions and assumptions of their lives . . . collective action becomes a 'movement' when participants refuse to accept the boundaries of established institutional rules and routinized roles" (vii). As the title indicates, this course centers on the "rhetoric" of social movements, not on social theories of how social movements take shape. Although we will spend some time early in the semester investigating sociological and psychological models of social movements, our main interest will be on the rhetorical influence, the symbolic "electricity," of social movements We will be more concerned with how social movements change the meanings of a culture's god terms ("ideographs") and on the impact of social movements on identity formation. We will be more concerned with the "effects" of the refusal to accept institutional rules and routinized roles than with the reasons why this refusal takes place.
Our class discussions will utilize rhetorical documents from the 1960s in order to provide an understanding of how social movements have function historically. However, I will ask you to work through documents of contemporary social movements (ones that you feel an interest or connection to) in some class discussions and in your essays. The idea is that by focusing on the 1960s, (1) we are able to look at a period with a great deal of social movement discourse to work with; (2) the discourse will be "alien" enough from us that we will be able to look at it with some degree of distance; (3) to the degree that present discourses are an effect of their historical usage, it will provide you with a better sense of how "we" became what we are now and how powerful discourse is.
The class is structured into three segments: (1) during the first several weeks of the semester, we will discuss theories of social movements and ways of thinking about their influence and the powerful of social institutions to control them; (2) we will spend the bulk of the semester on social movements discourse from the 1960s and tie those to the present; (3) finally, each of you (in pairs or alone) will present an analysis of a contemporary social movements.
Albert, Judith Clavir, and Stewart Edward Albert. Eds. THE SIXTIES PAPERS: DOCUMENTS OF A REBELLIOUS DECADE. (New York: Praeger, 1984).
Bowers, John W., Donovan J. Ochs, and Richard J. Jenson. THE RHETORIC OF AGITATION AND CONTROL. 2nd ed. (Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland 1993).
O'Neill, William L. COMING APART: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THE 1960S. (New York: Random House, 1971).
There will also be a course pack available to Campus Copy. I will also put these articles on reserve at the main library for those who would rather not purchase the pack..
Aug 27 Introduction to Course Aug 29 Computer Lab meeting--1190 Garland/Short Paper Assigned. Sep 01 Social Movements Defined. McGee (ClassPak), B,O,J (Chapter 1) Sep 03 Social Movements and Agitation. B,O, J (Chapter 2) Sep 05 Social Movements Controlled. B,O,J (Chapter 3) Sep 08 Social Movements and Music. (John English). Short Paper Due. Sep 10 Film "Berkeley in the 60s". Aand A, pp. 2-56. Assign Midterm. Sep 12 Film "Berkeley in the 60s". B,O,J (Chapter 5). Sep 15 Civil Rights/Human Rights. B,O,J (Chapter 6). A and A, pp.105-113, 119-125. Sep 17 Martin and Malcolm. A and A, pp. 126-149. Handout. Sep 19 Panthers and more. A and A, pp. 145-172, "Black Panther Newsreel"). Sep 22 Eyes on the Prize II, Vol. 1-2, discussion. Sep 24 Eyes on the Prize II, Vol. 1-2, discussion. Sep 26 Contemporary discussions of civil rights/human rights. Sep 29 Antiwar/Student. A and A, pp. 172-208. Oct 01 A and A, pp. 233-271. Oct 03 Film, "Remember Mai-Lai". Discussion. Oct 06 A and A, pp. 274-309. Oct 08 A and A, pp. 310-335. Paper distribution. Oct 10 Paper workshop/Review Session/Open. Oct 13 A and A, pp. 336-356. Oct 15 Midterm/Papers due. Oct 17 A and A, pp. 357-400. Oct 20 Contemporary Antiwar/Student movement discourses. Final Papers Assigned. Oct 22 Counterculture. A and A, pp. 401-427. B,O,J (Chapter 4). Oct 24 A and A, pp. 428-458. Oct 27 Women's movement. A and A, pp. 114-116, 459-477. Oct 29 A and A, pp. 478-500. Oct 31 A and A, pp. 501-516. Nov 03 A and A, pp. 517-530. Nov 05 Contemporary discourses of the women's movement. Nov 07 Re-member the past. (Echols, course pack). Nov 10 Gay rights. (Darcey, Windes, course pack). Nov 12 Stein, course pack. Nov 14 Slagel, course pack.. Nov 17 Contemporary gay rights discourses. Nov 19 Open. Nov 21 Open. Dec 01 Presentation of final projects. Rough drafts distributed. Dec 03 Presentation of final projects. Dec 05 Presentation of final projects. Papers DUE. Dec 08 Presentation of final projects.
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