SOCS 618
Everyday Forms of Resistance

Melanye Price       

Course Requirements
Take-home final, participation, reaction papers, and journal assignment
Course Schedule
June 29 Fight the Power?

Read:
Hayward, De-Facing Power

July 1 Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Resistance

Read:
Blassingame, The Slave Community, Chapter 4
Blassingame, Slave Testimonies, Octavia Johnson & Livinia Bell
Scott, Weapons of the Weak, Chapters TBA
Folk Tales and Poems (Distributed on 6/29)

July 6 The Hidden Transcript: Unearthing the Politics of Ordinary People

Read:
Scott, Domination and the Arts of Resistance

July 8 Disguise as a Political Tool

Film:
"The Spook Who Sat By the Door"

July 13 Pop Culture and Politics (Bring Your Own Political Music and Poetry to Share)

Read:
Pratt, Rhythm and Resistance, Chapter 1
Davis, "Blame it On the Blues"
Shea, Mass Politics: The Politics of the Popular Culture, Chapters 1 & 10

July 15 Getting Around the State: Women and Subversive Politics

Read:
Kaplan, The Story of Jane

July 20 Challenging the State: Social Movements Defined

Read:
Buechler and Cylke, Social Movements: Perspectives and Issues, Chapter 18
McAdam, Political Process & the Development of Black Insurgency, Chapters 1-3
Tarrow, Power in Movements, Chapter TBA

July 22 Beyond Civil Rights: Identity and Interests as Organizing Tools

Read:
Buechler and Cylke, Social Movements: Perspectives and Issues, Chapter 3
Bullard, Dumping in Dixie, Chapters 1 & 5
Kelly, Tangled Up in Red, White, and Blue, Chapter 4

Film:
"Sound and Fury"

July 27 Organizing for Change

Read:
Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

July 29 Rules of Engagement: Mobilizing Style and Movement Success

Read:
Hart, Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics, Chapters 1, 2, & 8

Films:
"When Billy Broke His Head..." & "Church Ladies of Choice"

August 3 Ella Baker: A Model for Successful Activism

Read:
Ransby, Ella Baker, entire book (but esp. Intro, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, & 12)

Film:
"Fundi"

August 5 Experiencing Protest: The Costs and Consequences of Activism

Read:
Grooms, Bombingham

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