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Do Protests Make a Difference?
Recent protests across the United States has the public asking, "How does a protest make change?" Sociology Professor Pam Oliver has been consulted by the news media for her expertise on collective action and social movements. She was recently interviewed in an article on the news website Vox, commenting on what makes a protest effective. She was also a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin Show titled "The Effect of Protests". Read more...
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