We are delighted to announce that professor
from the University of Oxford
is coming to Prague. Professor Biggs will be presenting his paper on
U.S. student protest in the late 1960s using panel data.
19th of April, 17:00
room nr. 200, main building of the Faculty of Arts, Jan Palach square
Collective Protest and Elite Colleges – The U.S. Anti-War Movement in the 1960s:
Why is protest prevalent in elite colleges and universities? This paper distinguishes the characteristics of entering freshmen from the effects of the college environment, and assesses various aspects of that environment—including the density of social interaction, the political orientation of professors, and the influence of student peers. It uses a panel of 23,000 students in 168 American universities, who were surveyed on entry in 1967 and 1968 and then again in 1970. One in four students protested on campus against American foreign policy. Protest varied across colleges primarily because they selected different sorts of students. The college environment did, however, affect those who had initially expected not to protest. Controlling for almost four dozen individual characteristics, they were more likely to protest where their professors were liberal and where their student peers had expected to protest. Social density and movement organization had no effect. These findings demonstrate the value of tracing individuals over time, and emphasize the sociological significance of selection.