Title

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

1974

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

Keywords

Collective behavior, social change, birth control, sociology, Neil Smelser

Subject Categories

Politics and Social Change

Abstract

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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