Resource Mobilization in the Case of Emergent Citizens Groups in Disaster: Some Needed Modifications of the Existing Theoretical Perspective
Neal, David M.
Disaster Research Center
In this paper we look at the sources from which at type of social movement organization (SMO), emergent groups in disaster, obtain resources. Drawing upon field data from a larger nationwide study of emergent citizens groups (ECG’s) in disaster, we compare our findings with those described by McCarthy and Zald (1973; 1977). A number of approaches have existed for studying types of collective behavior and social movements. The earliest work was dominated by a psychological perspective in whit it was argued that group emergence and formation occurred through an irrational decision-making process of individual (e.g. LeBon, 1960).
social movements , citizen groups , collective behavior