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new social movement theory

Definition of New Social Movement Theory

(noun) Theory asserting that postmodern movements do not follow the two traditional social movements challenging the social order: class-based or gender-based movements, thus are difficult to explain with traditional social movement theories.

New Social Movement Theory Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /n(j)u ˈsoʊʃ(ə)l ˈmuvm(ə)nt ˈθiəri/
      • /n(j)u ˈsoʊʃ(ə)l ˈmuvm(ə)nt ˈθɪri/
    • British English
      • /njuː ˈsəʊʃl ˈmuːvm(ə)nt ˈθɪəri/
  • Syllabification: (new so·cial move·ment the·o·ry)

Usage Note

  • Plural: new social movement theories

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Works Consulted

Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. 2011. Sociology: The Essentials. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of New Social Movement Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “new social movement theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/new-social-movement-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

new social movement theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/new-social-movement-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “new social movement theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/new-social-movement-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“new social movement theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/new-social-movement-theory/>.