Social Movements Can Be Defined As Being A General Organized Group Of People

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Social movements can be defined as being a general organized group of people who are concerned about the same general issues, and take action to affect political and/or cultural change (Staggenborg, 2). As Staggenborg (2) explains, “movements have organized to protect the environment, oppose wars, and advocate the rights of more and more groups, including workers, women, gay men and lesbians, students, disabled people, senior citizens, and many racial and ethnic groups.” Many social movements have existed in the short period of time that they have been studied, allowing society to recognize the failures and accomplishments movements have undergone. As Carroll and Ratner (6) explain social movements, they describe it, “by contesting the various discourses of capital, patriarchy, industrialism, racism, colonialism, and heterosexism, movements destabilize the identities of complain worker, subservient wife, closeted queer and the like, we create new ways of thinking about ourselves and the world around us.” Social movements do just this as they continue today to gain success by accomplishing their goals of creating social change, and social equality. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, theorists who have studied social movements have realized the majority of social movements have been successful by accomplishing two things, bringing societal awareness to the issue at stake, and to challenge a societal or economic issue. Because there are a wide variety of influences…
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