a group of diffusely organized people or organizations striving toward a common goal relating to human society or social change, or the organized activities of such a group: The push for civil rights was a social movement that peaked in the 1950s and 1960s.
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How to use social movement in a sentence
Joan Donovan, 41, is a scholar of media manipulation, social movements and extremism, and is research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.‘Disinformation can be a very lucrative business, especially if you’re good at it,’ media scholar says | Joe Heim | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
That means they have to get involved in groups and social movements, so we can get rights and benefits.
For marketers, Stop Hate for Profit is more than a social movement — it is pointing to an issue with ad tech as a whole.The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here | Walter Thompson | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent at Time covering political campaigns and youth social movements.
Medina’s class focuses on analyzing certain social movements and historical figures in American history from diverse perspectives, human rights and human rights violations, creating change and learning about students’ impacts on the community.As School Resumes, Students Bring Racial Justice Push to the Classroom | Kayla Jimenez | August 18, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Where the force generating those threats is a widespread, self-sustaining, and virulent social movement?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
How can climate warriors build an unstoppable social movement—and avoid a global catastrophe?The Gay-Rights Playbook: How to Fight Climate Change Now | Lisa Bennett | July 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
New opportunities, however, arose with 2011's social movement, spurred by high costs of living.
Our record of effective activism is—by comparison to every other recent social movement—stellar.Why Obama Will Address Israelis, Not Their Politicians | Fania Oz-Salzberger | March 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They met every week, which is one of my rules for a successful social movement—have weekly meetings—and they planned.
In any social movement, then, change and alteration in a new direction must be balanced against the demands of social stability.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Simultaneous with the social movement there was a spiritual work accomplished in the personal, inner life of Moses himself.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
In fact, unless a political invention is woven into a social movement it has no importance.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
The important thing about a social movement is not its stated platform but the source from which it flows.A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
That, however, cannot prevent me from recognizing the kernel of justice in the great social movement.Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson