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3. History of the Study of Collective Behaviour (cont’d)

Smelser (1962) – Theory of Collective Behavior - development

 of the ‘value-added’ perspective – collective behaviour as a

 response to social conditions that leads to unusual behaviour

 (e.g. joining a protest group) – the behaviour though is

 rational to the participants

6 steps: structural conduciveness, structural strain, generalized

 belief, precipitating factors, mobilization of participants,

 reactions of agents of social control (note: MADD)

collective behaviour can work to relieve social strain

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