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Sociology
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What is dramaturgical sociology?

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Answer:

Dramaturgical sociology is a term coined by the great American Sociologist Erving Goffman in the late 1950's. Modeled after theater and drama metaphors, Goffman used this theory to explain how identity functions in society. His concepts range from the setting - the environment and social norms that guide our interactions at a particular place and time - to the front stage - the place in which we deploy a certain curated identity to suit the situation.

Political Science
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What are social movements?

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Answer:

At their core, social movements are about collective action. However, social movements are not one instance of collective action - like protests or riots - but are characterized by enduring patterns of collective action working toward a set of goals. Social movements have evolved throughout history, and what we typically think of as social movements are actually "New Social Movements," which largely began in the 1960's. Social movements have many components, ranging from movement leaders to movement organizations. Additionally, there are many underlying political theories that seek to explain and predict social movements, from structuralism to culturalism, each with their own definitions, sets of assumptions, and methodologies for studying social movements.

Gender Studies
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What is feminism?

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Answer:

That's a great question! While there are a number of definitions out there, bell hooks and other feminist theorists provide a great answer. They tell us that feminism is not necessarily about working toward gender equality, but a continual project working to end oppression on the basis of gender. Intersectional scholars, such as Kimberle Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins, have helped expand our understanding of gender oppression to include all the ways in which gender intersects with other forms of oppression, such as class, race, ability, and so on. So, what is feminism? In short, it's a type of conflict theory that understands gender (at the individual, community, and institutional levels) as a primary form of oppression in society and takes that as the basis for changing how our society works.

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