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Social Movements A social movement is defined as a large number of people who come together in a continuing and organized effort to bring about (or resist) social change . They rely at least partially on non institutionalized forms of political action (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:426). A. Reformist Movements Reformist movements seek to bring about change within an existing economic and political system (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:427). B. Revolutionary Movements Revolutionary movements seek to alter fundamentally the existing social, political, and economic system in keeping with a vision of a new social order (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:428). C. Rebellions Rebellions seek to overthrow the existing social, political, and economic system, but
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Unformatted text preview: lack a detailed plan for a new social order (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:428-9). D. Reactionary Movements Reactionary movements seek to restore an earlier social system -- often based on a mythical past -- along with the traditional norms and values that once presumably accompanied it (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:429). The term reaction is used because often these movement rise as a reaction to some kind of unwelcome social change. E. Communitarian Movements Communitarian movements seek to withdraw from the dominant society by creating their own ideal communities (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:429)....
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