Dissertation Information for Keith Curry Lance
- Keith Curry Lance
- [No Discipline Recorded]
- University of North Texas (USA) (1984)
MPACT Status: Incomplete - Not_Inspected
Title: WOMAN SUFFRAGE AND THE STATES: A RESOURCE MOBILIZATION ANALYSIS
Abstract: This dissertation fills a conspicuous gap in the literature on the U.S. woman suffrage movement by developing and testing a model of state women suffrage success. This model is based on a version of the resource mobilization perspective on social movements which emphasizes the importance of social movement organizations (such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association) as resource-gathering agencies which can exploit the structure of organized politics by mobilizing their own resources and neutralizing those of opponents. Accordingly, this model taps four alternative types of variables used by woman suffrage scholars to explain state success: state political structure, NAWSA mobilization, and liquor and allied interests (opponents of woman suffrage) as well as demographic characteristics.
Data on these variables were drawn from a variety of sources, including the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage, U.S. Census publications, the extensive historical literature on the woman suffrage movement in specific states and regions, and miscellaneous almanacs, directories, and yearbooks. These data are path analyzed using multiple regression techniques to determine which variables explain level and timing of state success, respectively, and to what extent.
While all four sets of variables helped to explain level of state woman suffrage success, timing of success was explained by state political structure and demographic characteristics only. These findings indicate that the political and demographic context of NAWSA mobilization was equally important as, if not more important than, mobilization itself. The exceptionally strong effects of demographic characteristics on both level and timing of success indicate that the native-born and white populations of the states were more than mere demographic categories. They were political constituencies which may have regarded woman suffrage as one possible means of guaranteeing their electoral majorities where threatened by large minority populations.
MPACT Scores for Keith Curry Lance
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