Collective Behavior

Collective Behavior

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For Junior/Senior level courses in Collective Behavior.

Employing a relaxed, readable writing style, David Locher illustrates all the major sociological perspectives and theories of collective behavior and classical social movements. The text provides a comprehensive, yet concise and balanced examination of the field and provides recent examples that encourage students to evaluate different perspectives and think for themselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 177.8 x 241.3 x 20.3mm | 680.4g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130886688
  • 9780130886682
  • 2,171,195

Table of contents


1. Introduction to Collective Behavior.

2. Social Contagion Theory.
3. The Emergent Norm Perspective.
4. The Value-Added Theory.
5. The Assembly Perspective and Sociocybernetic Theory.
6. Individualist Approaches to Collective Behavior.
7. General Categories of Collective Behavior.
8. Deadly Riots: The Los Angeles Riot of 1992.
9. Images, Miracles, and Apparitions: The Soybean Savior and Our Lady of Clearwater.
10. Rumors, Urban Myths and Urban Legends: Procter & Gamble, The Devil, and Amway.
11. Fads and Crazes: The Furby Frenzy.
12. Millenialism: Y2K and the End of the World as We Know It.

13. Social Movements.
14. Understanding Social Movements.
15. Successful and Unsuccessful Social Movements: The Civil Rights Movement and the Prostitutes' Rights Movement.
16. The Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
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