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Soc S161 (Hale) Chapter 16
Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change
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Sociology
05/02/2010

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Collective Behavior
Definition
is voluntary and spontaneous; it involves a large number of people who may violate dominant group norms and values
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Social Change
Definition
the change that occurs in terms of public policy, culture, or social institutions over a period of time is often the result of collective behavior
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Crowd
Definition
a relatively large number of people who are in one another’s immediate vicinity
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Mass
Definition
a number of people who share an interest in a specific idea or issue but who are not in one another’s immediate vicinity
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Mob
Definition
a highly emotional crowd whose members engage in, or are ready to engage in, violence against a specific target– a person, a category of people, or physical property
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Riot
Definition
violent crowd behavior that is fueled by deep-seated emotions but is not directed at one specific target
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Panic
Definition
a form of crowd behavior that occurs when a large number of people react to a real or perceived threat with strong emotions and self-destructive behavior
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Civil Disobedience
Definition
nonviolent action that seeks to change a policy or law by refusing to comply with it
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Mass Behavior
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collective behavior that takes place when people (who often are geographically separated from one another) respond to the same event the same way
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Rumor
Definition
an unsubstantiated report on an issue or subject
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Gossip
Definition
rumors about the personal live of individuals
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Public Opinion
Definition
the attitudes and beliefs communicated by ordinary citizens to decision makers
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Propaganda
Definition
information provided by individuals or groups that have a vested interest in furthering their own cause or damaging an opposing one