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What is a Cultural Social Movement?

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A cultural movement is a group of people working together to advance cultural norms, beliefs, and goals that differ from those held by the mainstream society. It addresses issues of lifestyle and values more than issues of politics and the economy.


Some Example Topics

Border Angels


Order of United Americans

The "Dream Act"

Interfaith immigration groups

The "American Party"

ASA Helpful Handouts

Reference these handouts for additional examples of ASA style formatting, including in-text citations and reference lists.



Describe and analyze a current or historical social movement that is related to immigration.


Paper Format

Papers must be 8-pages minimum, double spaced, with 1-inch margins (vertical & horizontal).

  • Cover page: Title, course#, student#, date
  • Introduction: Must include a precise designation of the thesis subject or state which topic was chosen.
  • Comparative Analysis: [1] Description and/or definition of the movement (Historical origins, manifesto, members). [2] Comparisons (e.g. - between two movements, same movement over time, movements on similar issues, between countries).
  • Conclusion: Summarize analysis.
  • References: Minimum of 10 journal articles, books, and LIMITED Internet (ACCEPTED: government, well-known news sources, and established organizations website). Reference list must be in ASA Style.

Databases for Finding Articles

Find journal articles on your topic through the database links below (AccessUH/CougarNet log-in required):


ASA Style Quick Guide: Reference List

BOOKS Author Lastname, Firstname Middlename. Year. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher.

Author Lastname, Firstname Middlename. Year. "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume       Number(Issue Number):pages.

ELECTRONIC JOURNAL ARTICLES RETRIEVED FROM AN ONLINE DATABASE Author Lastname, Firstname Middlename. Year. "Title of Article." Journal Title Volume       Number(Issue Number):pages. (Retrieved from Database Name on Month Day, Year).
WEBSITES* Author Lastname, Firstname Middlename. Year. "Title of Webpage." Retrieved Month Day,       Year (

*Provide as much information as you have available.

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