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HTS 3068 – Social Movements
Spring 2019
Dr. Watts Hull
Research paper assignment
In this assignment you will apply sociological tools and concepts from class to analyze a
social movement of particular interest to you.
The learning objectives for this assignment include the following:

Describe and explain the emergence and major events and impacts of one additional
social movement of personal interest to you;

Deepen your understanding of social movement theory by applying concepts from
class to analyze a social movement independently; and

Expand your ability to understand, evaluate, and synthesize social science articles
and clearly articulate evidence-based arguments.
Your paper should include the following components:

An introductory paragraph that succinctly introduces the paper’s topic and its
primary argument.

A concise description of the social movement: how and when it emerged, major
events, outcomes, and decline (if applicable).

A brief discussion of the TWO dimensions of social movement theory that you have
chosen to engage in your paper (political economy, organization, culture, or

An in-depth analysis of several aspects of the movement (at least two of the
following: emergence, growth, successes and defeats, decline), using the two
dimensions of theory you chose to engage.

A succinct conclusion.
Process and Due Dates

PAPER TOPIC: due Monday, February 11 (before class). Select from the list
provided, OR propose an alternative. If you propose an alternative, you must
identify at least three peer-reviewed journals articles to ensure you will be able to
find enough resources for your paper. Please submit in Canvas.

PAPER OUTLINE AND REFERENCES: due Friday, March 8 (before class). At this
point you should have read all of the articles/books/book chapters that you plan to
use in your paper, identified which dimensions of social movement theory you will
focus on, and outlined several main points you will make in your analysis. You will
post your outline and a complete list of references (ASA style) in Canvas before class
AND bring two hard copies to class with you for our peer review exercise.

FINAL PAPER: due Monday, April 15 (before class). Please submit in Canvas.
Paper format

Standard font (Times or Cambria), 12 point.

Double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Length: 5-6 pages

Citations and references: Your paper should draw on at least three peer-reviewed
journal articles or academic books about your chosen social movement, and at least
two class readings related to the areas of theory you have chosen as your focus. In
text citations and bibliography should follow American Sociological Association
(ASA) style:
Late policy

Excused extensions will only be granted for emergencies. To request an extension,
you must contact me at least 24 hours prior to the due date.

Late papers (unexcused) may be submitted up to 24 hours beyond the due date, and
are eligible for a maximum of 90 percent.
Academic Integrity

Georgia Tech takes plagiarism very seriously. Plagiarism is the use of someone
else’s ideas or words without appropriate citation (this applies to all material,
published or not!).

Georgia Tech policy requires that all incidents of plagiarism be reported to the Office
of Student Integrity for review. Plagiarism may result in a zero on the assignment
and even result in automatic failure of the course. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL TO
Peer Review
You will read and provide feedback on the draft outlines of several other students in class
on March 8. As described above, you will need to bring two hard copies of your outline and
list of references to class with you that day, as well as upload these materials in Canvas.
Describing the arguments of your sources and explaining your preliminary outline aloud, to
several other students, can help you evaluate your arguments and identify gaps in logic or
important points you might have missed. In addition, educational research has shown that
the process of reading and evaluating the work of other students can help you re-evaluate,
and improve, your own work.
Paper Rubric
Highly Competent
Fairly Competent
Not Yet Competent
Depth of
The paper provides
a clear and
discussion that
demonstrates a
understanding of
course themes.
The paper
provides a clear
and insightful
discussion that
demonstrates a
understanding of
course themes.
The paper’s
discussion of
social movement
concepts includes
some relevant
points but is
The paper is
limited to
lacking analysis,
and/or reveals
of course
Selection and
synthesis of
Selection and
synthesis of articles
and/or books and
course materials
are appropriate and
their arguments are
skillfully described
and integrated.
Selection and
synthesis of
articles and/or
books and course
materials are
appropriate and
are described
Selection and
synthesis of
articles and/or
books and course
materials are
effective but
Attempts to
synthesis sources
are incomplete
and/or reveal
of the sources.
Use of evidence
The paper uses
evidence from
sources skillfully to
support its
arguments. The
relevance of all
pieces of evidence
is clearly explained.
The paper’s
selection and use
of evidence
supports most
aspects of its
arguments. The
relevance of most
of the evidence is
The paper
evidence to
support its
arguments, and
the relevance of
evidence is not
clearly explained.
The paper makes
limited or
inappropriate use
of evidence from
chosen sources.
There are
significant gaps in
The paper is
organized in a
logical way that
supports its main
Transitions and
good sentence
structure support
the paper’s flow.
The paper has very
few mechanical
errors or typos.
The paper’s
makes sense and
it flows well.
There are a few
problems with
structure and/or
mechanics and
The paper has
some elements of
good structure
but has a number
of gaps in
transitions and
logic, and/or
errors, that make
it difficult to
The paper has
problems with
organization, flow,
and/or mechanics
that make it very
difficult to follow.
HTS 3068: Social Movements (Spring 2019)
Paper assignment: Outline model
Dr. Watts Hull
Topic: The Nuclear Freeze Movement of the 1980s
Areas of social movement theory I will engage: Political Economy (political
opportunities) & Culture (framing)
Aspects of the movement I will focus on: Emergence and decline
Description of the 1980s Nuclear Freeze Movement in the U.S.
What are “political opportunity structures” and “cultural framing,” and how do they
influence the emergence and decline of social movements?
Why did the Nuclear Freeze Movement build momentum in the early 1980s?

A schism between scientific elites (after the Reagan Administration
eliminated moderate scientists and strategists from public positions) created
opportunities for activists to recruit them as allies

The frame “nuclear freeze” had cultural resonance and supported the
movement’s legitimacy and public support
Why did the movement lose steam during Reagan’s second term, when nuclear
stockpiles were still very high?

President Reagan responded to the movement’s gains by toning down his
rhetoric and proposing small concessions that brought protest back into
political channels

The narrowness of the “nuclear freeze” frame also contributed to its decline
and institutionalization, as the Reagan Administration was able to present an
alternative policy position that appeared to do more than the “freeze”
References on the Nuclear Freeze Movement
Benford, Robert. 1993. “Frame Disputes Within the Nuclear Disarmament Movement.”
Social Forces 71(3):677-701.
Meyer, David S. 1993. “Protest Cycles and Political Process: American Peace Movements in
the Nuclear Age.” Political Research Quarterly 46(3):451-479.
Meyer, David S. and Debra C. Minkoff. 2004. “Conceptualizing Political Opportunity.“ Social
Forces 82(4):1457-1492.
References from class on social movement theory
McAdam., Doug, John D. McCarthy, and Mayer N. Zald. 1996. “Introduction: Opportunities,
Mobilizing Structures, and Framing Processes – Toward a Synthetic, Comparative
Perspective on Social Movements.” Pp. 1-20 in Comparative Perspectives on Social
Movements: Political Opportunities, Mobilizing Structures, and Cultural Framings,
edited by Doug McAdam, John D. McCarthy, and Mayer N. Zald. Cambridge, UK:
Cambridge University Press.
Piven, Frances Fox and Richard Cloward. 1979. Poor People’s Movements: Why They
Succeed, How They Fail. New York: Random House, Inc.

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