• Daniel Rosengren Olsen
This research paper uses Neil Smelser’s value-added analytical framework to evaluate the social movements of Guatemala in 2015. The report considers the 6 components of the value added theory as well as the 4 components for action that Smelser outlines as the primary determinants for collective action. While this paper does not adopt the theory and analysis of collective behavior that Smelser incorporates in his work, the research attempts to utilize the frame in an inquiry focusing on the structural aspects of a contemporary social movement. Instead of adopting the traditional conceptualizations of collective behavior, the research incorporates more recent approaches and concepts to social movements and seeks to include contemporary questions of political processes and resource mobilization instead inside of the analytical framework originally developed in 1962. Overall, the attempt seeks to combine insight from three different paradigmatic approaches to social movement studies, and to utilize the three approaches in conjunction to test the usefulness of the value-added frame as a guiding lens for inquiries into social movements. The results, while only based on a single case study, have been positive, and provide valuable reflections on the application and accuracy of Smelser’s work. At the same time, it provides needed updates to the analytical frame by incorporating the knowledge from more recent research.
Publication date28 Jul 2016
Number of pages82
ID: 237844723