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Social movement   /sˈoʊʃəl mˈuvmənt/   Listen
Social movement

A group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals.  Synonyms: front, movement.  "Politicians have to respect a mass movement" , "He led the national liberation front"

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"Social movement" Quotes from Famous Books

... the spiritual movement with a political effort, which made her realise that before a spiritual movement could be successful in the outer world it must shape, raise, remodel the conscience of those who were affected by it, that it must not dare to put its hand as a whole to any great political or social movement before it was strong enough to control the forces which it evoked. Hence her shrinking from all idea of this Society plunging, as a Society, into political work or social reform. Not that individuals ...
— London Lectures of 1907 • Annie Besant

... general rules. The tendency of such variations is, in all states of complex civilization, to absolute infinity.[Footnote: We have noticed our own vast pile of law, and that of the French. But neither of us has yet reached the alarming amount of the Roman law, under which the very powers of social movement threatened to break down. Courts could not decide, advocates could not counsel, so interminable was becoming the task of investigation. This led to the great digest of Justinian. But, had Roman society ...
— Theological Essays and Other Papers v1 • Thomas de Quincey

... adopted this idea, if it had seemed practicable, of the universal strike, of the void around the man; he found it great, but impossible. A nation does not pull up short. Even when struck to the heart, it still moves on. Social movement, which is the animal life of society, survives all political movement. Whatever Emile de Girardin might hope, there would always be a butcher who would kill, a baker who would bake, men must eat! "To make universal labor fold its ...
— The History of a Crime - The Testimony of an Eye-Witness • Victor Hugo

... on the thoughts that issued in the proposals of St. George's Guild, and the daily letters of this summer are full of allusions to a scheme for a great social movement, as well as to his plans for the control of Alpine torrents and the better irrigation of their valleys. On the 2nd of June he wrote:—"I see more and more clearly every day my power of showing how the ...
— The Life of John Ruskin • W. G. Collingwood

... whether periodic like the tides or unforeseen like the hurricane, is in general superficial and temporary; but the social movement in China has its origin in subterranean forces such as raise continents from the bosom of the deep. To explain those forces is the object of the ...
— The Awakening of China • W.A.P. Martin

Words linked to "Social movement" :   Civil Rights movement, Free French, social group, front, cultural movement, Zionism, art movement, religious movement, Boy Scouts, political movement, movement, common front, ecumenism, oecumenism, Fighting French, artistic movement, Zionist movement, reform movement, falun gong

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