â€œA movement is a group of people who are organized for, ideologically motivated by, and committed to a purpose which implements some form of personal or social change; who are actively engaged in the recruitment of others; and whose influence is spreading in opposition to the established order within which it originated.â€
A segmented, usually polycephalous [many headed], cellular organization composed of units reticulated [connected] by various personal, structural and ideological ties.
Face-to-face recruitment by committed individuals using their own pre-existing, significant social relationships.
Personal commitment generated by an act or experience which separates a convert in some significant way from the established order (or his previous place in it), identifies him with a new set of values, and commits him to changed patterns of behavior.
An ideology which codifies values and goals, provides a conceptual framework by which all experiences or events relative to these goals may be interpreted, motivates and provides rationale for envisioned changes, defines the opposition, and forms the basis for conceptual unification of a segemented network of groups.
Real or perceived opposition from the society at large or from that segment of the established order within which the movement has arisen.
Gerlach and Hine, â€œPeople, power, change;: Movements of social transformationâ€
- Read through Luke-Acts. How would you adapt Gerlach and Hine to describe the early Christian movement?
- How do we get back there?
- When did you last use â€œpolycephalousâ€ in a sentence?
- Read Pierson, Snyder and myself on the characteristics of a movement.
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