2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Making the Movement Matter: Success and Participation in #BlackLivesMatter

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Cassandra Balzer, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Skybox

Abstract

In light of ongoing demonstrations meant to address police brutality and racism, the #BlackLivesMatter movement is becoming increasingly important. Through a survey and interviews of the Lake Forest College community, I discern variables that influence levels of participation in #BlackLivesMatter. My research extends existing social movement mobilization theories to examine what I believe to be an extra step in the individual’s decision to join or avoid a social movement: the individual’s perception of a social movement’s current or future success. My research examines whether perceptions of a movement’s success increase the likelihood of participation.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:15 PM

Panel

Entrenched Attitudes and Efforts at Change

Panel Moderator

Lou Lombardi

Field of Study for Presentation

African American Studies, Social Justice, Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM Apr 5th, 2:15 PM

Making the Movement Matter: Success and Participation in #BlackLivesMatter

Skybox

In light of ongoing demonstrations meant to address police brutality and racism, the #BlackLivesMatter movement is becoming increasingly important. Through a survey and interviews of the Lake Forest College community, I discern variables that influence levels of participation in #BlackLivesMatter. My research extends existing social movement mobilization theories to examine what I believe to be an extra step in the individual’s decision to join or avoid a social movement: the individual’s perception of a social movement’s current or future success. My research examines whether perceptions of a movement’s success increase the likelihood of participation.