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1. Since institutionalism is the idea that institutions have their own interests, what were the interests and motives of the instutions present during the CRM?
2. What was the motive or self interest behind the media as an institution throughout this movement?
3. What are some examples of how the presence of institutionalism shaped the movement?
4. What would the movement have been like if there was no presence of institutionalism?

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Q&A: Civil Rights Movement and Institutionalism

1. Since institutionalism is the idea that institutions have their own interests, what were the interests and motives of the instructions present during the CRM?

- I think that it would be product, for the purposes of this discussion, to exemplify through the notion of historical institutionalism since what we are going to go through are institutions or groups that were involved in the conflict whose aim is to preserve their interests. First off, there is the 'old Guard'. This is a social institution of cultural framework. It means it is not just one organization - it is a number, one wherein the notion of 'separate but equal' is seen as the rule of thumb. It is possible to say that these historical institution regarded the Blacks as a 'lesser' people what with the history of said ethnicity 'serving' or having always been 'beneath' the mass-white, the major group with hegemony over the nation. Charles Tilly (1984) refers to such an institution as made up of, "big structures, large processes." Then government thus had an interest in keeping the separate but equal rule due to the tensions between ethnicity but primarily because the move of equality is not the most popular to the electorate. The notion of racial equality is not just for the Blacks but includes Hispanics and any other minority race and would require the then order to enact laws that will change the status qou - it was a can of worms that can lead to gender equality, pay equality, female suffrage and equal opportunity.

With power and influence protected by the elite, the institutionalized patriarchy that instituted the separate but equal and non-integration views felt threatened by the movement. The minority institutions - the Blacks, the women, the Hispanics - all of them shared the hope that they can achieve equal rights, that segregation will be outlawed, that the system will be equal opportunity. The motive behind their movement is all about what they deem as fighting for justice fuelled by the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for example as well as ...

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I have been studying the Civil Rights Movement for some time and the overall idea of the movement from the sociological perspective of institutionalism. I am curious about what kinds of institutions that had their own interests in mind so that they were acting in order to support their self-interests existed and played a role during this movement. I was wondering if you could answer the following questions for me so I am able to get a better understanding of the revolution based on this perspective?

1. What were the different types of institutions that played a role in the civil rights movement (media, state & political parties, etc.)?
2. How did these institutions contribute to the success or failure of the movement?
3. How does Barrington Moore's "American Civil War." Political Power and Social Theory 19 relate to the institutionalism that existed in the Civil Rights Movement?
4. How does Todd Gitlin's,"The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left" relate to the institutionalism that existed in the movement?
5. How is this movement a direct example of how institutionalism can have a large impact on social movement and social change?
6. How did institutionalism help the movement succeed or fail in this particular context?

Thank you so much for your help.

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