Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Sociology and Anthropology
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.
Balzer, Cassandra L., "Making the Movement Matter: Conceptualizing Social Movement Success and its Relation to Participation" (2016). Senior Theses.