(noun) A group working for a common social goal.
Audio Pronunciation: (so·cial move·ment)
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- Plural: social movements
- Social movements are studied in social movement theory.
- A social movement organization (SMO) is a formal component of a larger social movement, such as Greenpeace, a SMO in the environmentalism movement.
- A social movement industry exists when several SMOs work independently or together for similar purposes, such Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) which all advocate for the environment.
- The combination of all SMOs regardless of objectives is the social movement sector.
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