Social movement identity an application of theory to the cooperative housing movement in Toronto
The goal of this study is to create an analytical framework from which we can examine the present-day cooperative housing sector in Toronto. It is necessary to focus on one sector of the cooperative"movement" in order to make the study manageable. The cooperative housing sector is one of the most extensive and active in Canada. The essay will open with an overview of the three central schools of social movement thought: collective action (structural functionalist), resource mobilization (strategy) and identity-orientation. Our task is not to develop a new theory more suited to the housing cooperative example, nor is it to prove or disprove any particular hypothesis with regards to the cooperative movement. It is simply to observe and to reexamine cooperative ideology, organization and action (within the cooperative housing sector in Toronto) using these new examination tools afforded us by these different social movement models. And it is our expectation that they will help shed some light upon the nature of the cooperative housing movement and its evolution."--Résumé abrégé par UMI.
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