SOC313-Week 7 Discussion

McVeigh’s “power devaluation” model of social movement emergence has a few key components that define its nature. When talking about the model he states that the theory produces shifts and leads to eventual activation of resources and political opportunities as a result of structural change. As time goes on, the strength within a movement increases, which results in a gain of resources and political opportunities; however, McVeigh argues that the KKK is a right-wing social movement whose rise cannot be attributed to the resource mobilization theory or the political opportunity theory. He goes on to say that the basis behind a challenge-led movement is a result of a powerless or oppressed group that is seeking social change. These groups often find their niche through the resource and political opportunity theories. Unlike these challenger-led movements, the initial actions behind a right-wing group such as the KKK might not be as apparent. Most often the background to groups like these is a result of time variant grievances. McVeigh strongly believes that this is the primary reason why right-wing movements cannot be explained by resource mobilization or political opportunity, because the grievance of the time leads to the uprising in the movement rather than a new resource or opportunity. The right-wing groups focus on bringing back prior benefits and customs instead of capitalizing on new opportunities
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