The American Birth Control Movement: a Study in Collective Behavior with Especial Reference to N. Smelser's Model of Norm-oriented Movements
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Collective behavior, social change, birth control, sociology, Neil Smelser
Politics and Social Change
The main aims of this study are: 1. To further advance knowledge on a particular form of collective behavior and to understand the process of social change; 2. To analyze and explain the essential determinants of the birth control movement; 3. To determine if this specific case study of the birth control movement supports Smelser’s propositions on norm-oriented (social) movements; and 4. To assess the question: Does the general theory of “collective behavior” as it is usually applied, have much heuristic value?
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Bartleson, Henrietta Lorraine, "The American Birth Control Movement: a Study in Collective Behavior with Especial Reference to N. Smelser's Model of Norm-oriented Movements" (1974). Sociology - Dissertations. Paper 55.