Group Project: Big Moves & Small Act
For today’s project, you will play the role of student-colleagues within Marymount University’s Organization for Social Change In-Action (MOSCA). The mission of MOSCA is to offer sociological insight to economic organizations, national governments, and global institutions confronting the critical social issues of the twenty-first century.
A coalition of concerned parents (the Family Justice Coalition) acting in both developed and developing nations have come together to push back against what they see as increasing hostility focused on both gender-nonconforming individuals and young women and girls in their respective nations. They are mounting resistance against the crushing rigidity of gender norms and the standards of masculine and feminine social constructs in various parts of the world. The FJC is also expressing increasing concern about gender-based violence and the possible connection between that violence and the criminalization of non-binary, queer and transgender individuals indicated by a raft of local and state laws Links to an external site. vilifying these communities that have passed in recent months and years in the US and abroad. This is in addition to the implementation of federal practices (in places like the US, Iran and Afghanistan) designed to exercise control over the personhood and the bodies of women and girls as they go about their everyday lives. From the perspective of the FJC, young people are put at risk through identity-restricting legislation in the west, and young women and girls are put at risk through gender role-defining customs and laws in the east.
But, there is a rift emerging in the FJC as some members of the coalition feel that more confrontational social movement tactics (big moves) are called for to address the eminent need for significant social change. At the same time, others believe that meaningful change is best supported through purposeful disruptions to the patterns of everyday gender prescriptions (small acts). The FJC has sought consultation from MOSCA to help decide on the most effective course of action when it comes to protecting the lives and the futures of their children.Links to an external site.
You are tasked with the job of determining the best course of action (one that seeks to engage in a more conventional social movement orientation (think marches and legislation) or one that seeks to promote change and transformation through the proliferation of small acts and changes in everyday practice (think Drag Story-time, de-gendering language).
The JFC has asked MOSCA to focus on two key features of the campaign:
Weighing the cost and benefits of big moves and small acts
Part of the process of assisting the FJC in deciding on a particular movement strategy involves weighing the cost and the benefits of both approaches (big moves vs. small acts). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with both approaches. Discuss which of the two approaches would be effective in more developed countries (like the US) and which would be more effective and less developed countries (like Afghanistan).
The right tool for the job
The JFC is particularly interested in a relatively narrow set of important issues. As a group, choose any three from the list below and discuss whether the best approach to dealing with these issues is to rely on big moves or small acts. Provide a brief example of a strategy that can be deployed to address the issues your group has selected.
Safety and protection
Schools and education
Economic development and self-sufficiency
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- Schools and education
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