Legitimacy and the Support of Revolutionary Coalitions
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The authors develop a theory of conditions under which inequity will lead to attempts to change the structure. Factors affecting the likelihood of attempts include power differences, false consciousness, low self-esteem, and perceived legitimacy of the inequality. Experimental research focusing on legitimacy show that propriety, endorsement, and authorization all affect the likelihood that group members will support a revolutionary movement.
DescriptionThis article is a revision of a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association at Atlanta, Georgia in August 1988.
Walker, Henry A.; Rogers, Larry; Lyman, Katherine; Zelditch, Morris Jr (2017). Legitimacy and the Support of Revolutionary Coalitions. Available electronically from
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