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religious movement (religious social movement)

Definition of Religious Movement

(noun) A social movement that promotes spirituality in individuals or groups.

Religious Movement Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /rəˈlɪdʒəs ˈmuvm(ə)nt/
      • /riˈlɪdʒəs ˈmuvm(ə)nt/
    • British English
      • /rᵻˈlɪdʒəs ˈmuːvm(ə)nt/
  • Syllabification: (re·li·gious move·ment)

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  • “Examples of countercultures include the beatniks of the 1950s, the flower children of the 1960s, the drug enthusiasts of the 1970s, and members of nonmainstream religious sects, or cults. Some countercultures such as the Ku Klux Klan, militias, neo-Nazi skinheads, and the Nation of Islam engage in revolutionary political activities” (Kendall 2006:61).

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Kendall, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Works Consulted

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.

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

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

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

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

Cite the Definition of Religious Movement

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “religious movement.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

religious movement. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “religious movement.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“religious movement.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/>.