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Social Change

Over time, movements and events propel one another. Check back for new stories throughout September.

September 2020

How to Build a Movement

Social change can seem sudden, as if millions awoke one day to the same realization. But really, scholars say, consensus is constructed through thousands of small acts over generations.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 11, 2020

Sociologist Forrest Stuart on Urban Policing

Seeing what’s wrong with society when people break the law.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 18, 2020

Social Psychologist Brian Lowery on Privilege

People separate advantage and disadvantage—even though you can't have one without the other.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 25, 2020

Historian Ana Raquel Minian on Immigrant and Latinx Rights

A story of shifting public sentiment and interconnected economies.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 22, 2020

Historian James Campbell on White Backlash

Freedom, justice and equality are too often seen as zero-sum.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 22, 2020

Sociologist Matthew Clair on Race and Class in Criminal Justice

It takes more than a movement to transform the system.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

September 22, 2020

Politics Scholar Omar Wasow on Protests, Violence and the Media

How activists tell their stories can help build coalitions, says the Class of ’92 alum and Princeton assistant professor.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

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