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SOCI 250

Grassroots Participation in Global Perspective

University of Southern California

Teaching Assistant

(Course Instructor: Dr. Nina Eliasoph) This course invites students to critically examine political beliefs and behaviors through four analytical lenses: language and perception, group identity, performative interactions, and structural power. It explores how political opinions are influenced by communication, social affiliations, public performances, and economic forces. The course also assesses five modes of political engagement—protesting, invoking group identity, traditionalism, mutual aid, and volunteering—to understand their efficacy and challenges. Students will engage with complex questions about what constitutes "good" solutions and society, encouraging a deeper understanding of political activism and volunteerism.

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