What Makes A Social Movement?

By Antonia ńĆirjak on June 5 2020 in Society

Social movements happen every day, and one can actually join a movement fighting for a cause just by using the Internet.
Social movements happen every day, and one can actually join a movement fighting for a cause just by using the Internet.
  • Social movements are often described as different organizational structures that aim to empower certain oppressed groups.
  • Industrialization and urbanization of societies were some of the factors that influenced the beginnings of social movements.
  • History has shown how different social movements can lead to a nation becoming a democracy.

Social movements happen every day, and one can actually join a movement fighting for a cause just by using the Internet. However, many people are not aware of what exactly constitutes a social movement. They are not aware that it actually involves a plethora of different ways that allow people to express themselves.

We usually define a social movement as an effort by a group of people to achieve a specific goal. This effort is generally liberally organized. Usually, the goal of these efforts is to carry out social change. However, they can also aim to resist change or even try to undo it. Social movements can involve individuals, as well as various organizations.

Giving A Voice To The Oppressed

Experts often describe social movements as different organizational structures that aim to empower certain oppressed groups. These structures try to mount adequate challenges and also resist the more powerful elites. In a way, social movements often deal with class struggles. People from the lower classes can often gather into these types of movements in order to improve their status in society. Of course, they can have various goals, all wildly different from each other. Social movements are a way of achieving social change, but one that is available to everyone.

Social movements are often a topic of discussion in sociology and political science. Many theories have been developed throughout the years, all dealing with these movements. There are even connections between extremely popular social movements and the formation of political parties. This can be a fascinating subject to explore. A movement often created by underprivileged people is able to give birth to a political party. They can also influence politics in numerous other ways.

The Internet As A Powerful Tool

Social movements are a unique type of movement because anyone can create them. Of course, there are various kinds, and sociology differentiates between them based on several criteria. Some of these are the scope of the movement, the type of change it is fighting for, its methods, range, and many other different things.

People often believe that education is the reason more and more social movements are being created. Ever since education became more widespread, people started to realize that they can make a change. This started happening in the 19th century. Other factors that played a role in this were the industrialization and urbanization of societies in that context.

The freedom of expression that is encouraged in most Western societies is one of the reasons, so many social movements are being created today. People organize amongst each other and fight for a good cause. Nothing else is needed, except for a cause that is worth fighting for. Democracy is one other reason that made all of this possible, but that goes without saying. However, there were cases in history where different social movements actually led to a nation becoming a democracy.

Today, organizing a social movement is much easier, thanks to the internet and the advanced technology we have at our disposal. For a movement to become successful today, it needs to adapt to the current trends. These trends naturally include communication through various online platforms. All of this only serves to make it easier to express ourselves and our desires to create a better world. Since the internet has become so widespread, underprivileged people have found a way to voice their concerns, and actually have their voices be heard.

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