A Resource Dependence Perspective

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After deep research into density-dependent processes and their effects on legitimization and competition, I believe that the qualitative evidence section of Chapter 20 best summarizes what is asked of us in this unit. "Natural histories of organizational populations also suggest some intriguing possible embellishments of the theory…the level of and nature of social organization found early in the history of many industries or organizational populations…simply put, actions in the origin periods of industry typically look and feel to sociologists like the actions of social movements…telephony, automobiles, labor unions, credit unions, and HMO's" (Handel, p. 260). In other words, industry and subsequently, organization reflect the social attitudes of the time. A social movement is a deliberate collective endeavor to promote change, in any direction and by any means possible (Handel, p. 260). Therefore, the origin periods of industries resemble social movements in that the represent challenges to existing companies and industries and they are populated with individuals and organizations devoted to causes, lifestyles and visions of a better future for all (Handel, p.


This is exactly what is happening in the Morongo Basin, where I reside. We are located in the Mojave desert, at the southwestern edge of the Joshua Tree National Park - a park listed by the Federal Government as one of the ten most endangered parks in the country. As you all know, there was a housing boom about three years ago, and residents of this rural, desert community watched in horror as developers raped the land of endangered plants and animals. Citizens mobilized and began reporting these indecencies to their Federal, State and local representatives. The developers were polarized against the "green" people, and there were many heated rallies and debates. Finally, it came down to saving not the plants, but saving...