Class Year

2016

Date

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Todd Beer

Second Advisor

Holly Swyers

Third Advisor

Scott Edgar

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.


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