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Social Movements

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A social movement is defined by Henslin (2006) as “large numbers of people who organize to promote or resist social change”. These two reasons for movements are reactive, trying to resist some kind of change, and proactive, or trying to promote some kind of change. There are six types of social movements; alterative, redemptive, reformative, transformative, transnational, and metaformative. Alterative and redemptive social movements target individual behaviors. An alterative movement attempts to alter specific behaviors. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) would be an example of a movement that is trying to stop people from driving while intoxicated. Redemptive movements try to redeem individuals entirely. An example of a redemptive movement is the religious group trying to convince prostitutes that they need to change their ways. Reformative and transformative social movements target entire societies for change. A reformative movement might be Christian missionaries travelling thro...

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