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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈriˌsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /rəˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /riˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /ˈriˌsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
      • /rəˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
      • /riˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
      • /ˈriˌsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /rəˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /riˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθiəri/
      • /ˈriˌsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
      • /rəˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
      • /riˈsɔ(ə)rs ˌmoʊbəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ˈθɪri/
    • British English
      • /rᵻˈzɔːs ˌməʊbᵻlʌɪˈzeɪʃn ˈθɪəri/
      • /rᵻˈsɔːs ˌməʊbᵻlʌɪˈzeɪʃn ˈθɪəri/
      • /rᵻˈzɔːs ˌməʊbl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn ˈθɪəri/
      • /rᵻˈsɔːs ˌməʊbl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn ˈθɪəri/
  • Syllabification: (re·source mo·bi·li·za·tion the·o·ry)

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 August 24, 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 August 24, 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. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/resource-mobilization-theory/>.