Religion and social movements have long had a close connection. Individuals might participate in a movement because they wish to act on their religious convictions. Social movements that do not look overtly religious on the outside may rely heavily on religious networks for mobilization. Overtly, some religious groups have created social movements as a vehicle for advancing their beliefs and causes. Moreover, the organizational dynamics and life cycle of social movements are useful for understanding dynamics of religious organizations that seek to respond to an ever-changing social environment. This course will examine all of these factors, embedded in the history and theories of social movements, to better understand the efficacy of social movements and the unique role religion has played for social movement actors and organizations.
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