A catalytic model of collective behavior

Deneen, Jeffrey
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The purpose of this thesis was to develop a model of collective behavior based on the process of catalysis that would be descriptive as well as yield testable hypotheses, A review of the past theories in the field revealed that each presented a unique view of collective behavior, but none adequately described the phenomenon in a comprehensive manner. The catalytic model was tendered, based on the symbolic interaction school of thought in sociology. The model was used to describe the events in a religious gathering as well as the generalizations made about riots by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Finally, the Model was used to create a series of hypotheses dealing with collective behavior that can be tested. The viability of the model was said to rest on the researcher's ability to test it,

Social sciences, Collective behavior, Catalytic model