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10 Cards in this Set

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social change
the alteration of society over time
collective behavior
a relatively unorganized and unpredictable social behavior; panics, crowds, fashions, rumors, public opinion, social movements
institutionalized behavior
well-organized and rather predictable; everyone gets up and goes to work every day, etc
Neil Smelser
sociologist who theorized the six factors necessary to produce collective behavior
Six factors that produce collective behavior (according to Neil Smelser)
1. Structural conduciveness(be organized)
2. Social strain
3. Growth and spread of a generalized belief about the social strain
4. A precipitating factor
5. Movilization of participants for action (leaders emerge)
6. Inadequate social control (agents of control like the police fail to prevent the collective action)
type of collective behavior characterized by a maladaptive, fruitless response to a serious threat; involves irrational and uncooperative flight and loss of self-control (people leaving a burning theater stampeding instead of filing out in an orderly way)
mass hysteria
numerous people engage in frenzied activity without bothering to check the source of the fear (radio show)
a collection of people temporarily doing something while in proximity to one another
collective mind
all the people in a crowd think, feel, and act alike
social contagion
the spreading of a certain emotion and action from one member of the crowd to another (affected by crowd size and noise); the reason people become a part of the collective mind