First Expressive Essay: What really interests me in sociology In 1969 I believed that we were on the verge of a revolution. I thought that the instituted order would crumble into to dust and that all we had to do was to "tune in, turn on, and drop out." If we refused to carry out the established roles (including student, worker, and consumer), the institutional order would collapse--"suppose they gave a war, and no one came?" That is how incredibly naive and ignorant I was when I graduated from high school and started college. First, I majored in political science, because I thought that we could elect a new generation of leaders (people like Bill Clinton and Al Gore). Then, in 1970, after becoming totally disenchanted by my experience as local campaign manager for an anti-war U.S. Senate candidate, I became a sociology major. I had learned that social movements and social change produce political change. You can't legislate social change! After a quarter of a century of study, I'm still committed to that assertion. That's why I study social movements. That's why I'm interested in community politics. That's why I write papers about American third-party political movements (1870-1900). That's why I write about the politics of land-use in contemporary California--from environmentalism to tax revolt to growth control.