Topic: Strategy memo to activist sociology reaction paper

Chapter three discussed important ideas from the sociology of social movements regarding the key factors that influence how successful social movements are at mobilizing. The assignment this week is to put these ideas into practice.

For this assignment, let us imagine that a group of activists is concerned about a “troubling condition” (you can choose what the issue is*). They heard that you are about to graduate from CNM and that–since you have taken this course–you have expertise on how social movements mobilize and spur social change. These concerned activists have hired you as a consultant to provide advice on how they should go about building their social movement to address their particular issue.

Your assignment is to write a strategy memorandum that proposes specific steps the activists should take in order for their social movement to mobilize, to credibly make claims, and to take ownership over the issue. Your strategy memorandum should draw from ideas presented in chapter three of the textbook. The goal here is not to alleviate the troubling condition; rather, you should provide guidance on how the activists can best get their issue widely considered a social problem.

Your strategy memorandum should focus on framing, resource mobilization, opportunity structures, and ownership. Make sure that you provide concrete advice; don’t just regurgitate ideas from the book, but try to think about how you would put them into practice in the real world. You are encouraged to illustrate your recommendations with examples from other social movements (such as those detailed in the textbook or other movements past or present).

Please write a well-organized professional memo that makes reference to the textbook (and to outside sources, if used). It should run around one thousand words.

*For this exercise, you can choose any issue or social movement. It does not have to be the social problem that you have chosen to focus on over the course of the semester.

Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Reaction paper
Subject: Sociology
Pages/words: 1/275
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English

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