Definition of Religious Movement
(noun) A social movement that promotes spirituality in individuals or groups.
Religious Movement Pronunciation
Syllabification: re·li·gious move·ment
- American English – /ri-lIj-uhs mOOv-muhnt/
- British English – /ri-lIj-uhs mOOv-muhnt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /rɪˈlɪʤəs ˈmuvmənt/
- British English – /rɪˈlɪʤəs ˈmuːvmənt/
- Plural: religious movements
- The terms “religious movement” and “religious social movement” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Other social movements studied in social movement theory include:
- Religion Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “religious” and “movement” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- “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).
- new social movement theory
- prognostic framing
- resource mobilization theory
- social action
- social change
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Cite the Definition of Religious Movement
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “religious movement.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (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 June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“religious movement.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/religious-movement/>.