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Hello guys and girls, new on the forum and rather desperate for some guidance on writing a 3000 word essay about New Social Movements and Political Participation. The question I've selected is:

"Assess whether or not new social movements permit many more people to participate in the political process than might otherwise do so?"

Is there anyone with any knowledge of this topic area who would be willing to offer some few tips and pointers in breaking down the question and organising and outlining an essay plan please?

Would love some help asap (Thurs pm deadline). Thanks
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i.e. main points? areas to focus on?. Thanks again.
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i.e. main points? areas to focus on?. Thanks again.
Points I would make:
- Public apathy with regards to traditional forms of politics are decreasing, for example, voter turnout at general elections is decreasing, as is membership of political parties.
- At the same time as this, membership of pressure groups and new social movements is increasing (dealignment), especially amongst younger people.
- New social movements use different forms of protest (some use direct action) that seem more attractive to people.
- I would use the recent student protests as an example of this, in particular the university occupations, as this was something that hadn't been seen on that scale for years.
- New social movements like the student movement often use social media to get their message across, which allows them to reach people who may not normally be politically active or interested in politics. Examples include the pressure group UKuncut, which I would class as part pressure group, part NSM.

Hope this is helpful, I'll try and think of more when I'm not hugely tired.
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Thanks a bunch, I mean it . Anything else would be a sweet bonus! Very thankful. For me it's an awkward topic that I know so very little about.
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Plonk, could you just clear something up for me, i'm confused about one of your points. It's your first point about apathy. I'm confused as it seems contradictory. You said public apathy is decreasing yet you also say voter turn out is decreasing. I know you said you were tired . Thanks.
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Plonk, could you just clear something up for me, i'm confused about one of your points. It's your first point about apathy. I'm confused as it seems contradictory. You said public apathy is decreasing yet you also say voter turn out is decreasing. I know you said you were tired . Thanks.
Clearly I was tired, I meant to write increasing. So it should actually read "Public apathy with regards to traditional forms of politics is increasing, for example, voter turnout at general elections is decreasing, as is membership of political parties."

Oh, and I'm glad you found that useful. I would probably enjoy writing an essay like the one you've been set for (what I assume is) Sociology.
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:five: Aw Plonk, I thought so. In that case you're more than welcome to help me write it. They demand it be 3000 words in length. In your personal opinion do you think I need some more points?
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What are you writing it for?

The question asks you to "assess" whether or not new social movements permit many more people to participate in the political process than might otherwise do so. So you would probably need one or two points to balance out what I said earlier. However, I can't think of any at all.
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what is the political process?
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