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resource mobilization theory

Definition of Resource Mobilization Theory

(noun) A theory of social movements that argues success movements gain traction by acquiring and successfully using resources to their advantage to achieve their goals.

Resource Mobilization Theory Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: re·source mo·bi·li·za·tion the·o·ry

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈrisɔrs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃən ˈθiəri/
  • British English – /rɪˈsɔːs ˌməʊbɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən ˈθɪəri/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: resource mobilization theories
  • A type of theory.
  • Variant spellings:
    • resource mobilisation theory
    • resource-mobilisation theory
    • resource-mobilization theory

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Cite the Definition of Resource Mobilization Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “resource mobilization theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/resource-mobilization-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “resource mobilization theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/resource-mobilization-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“resource mobilization theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/resource-mobilization-theory/>.