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Life Cycles of Social Movements

Some scholars have posed a life cycle which many movements follow [Dawson and Getty, 1934, pp. 708-709; Bald and Ash, 1969; . Bloomer, 1969a, pp. 65-122]. The stages include: (1) the unrest stage of growing confusion and discontent; (2) the excitement stage, when discontent is focused, causes of discontent are identified, and proposals for action are debated; (3) the formalization stage, when leaders emerge, programs are developed, liances are forged, and organizations and tactics are developed; (4) an institutionalization stage, as organizations take over from the . early leaders, bureaucracy is entrenched, and. ideology and program become crystallized,  often ending the active l{ ~ of the movement;(5) the dissolution stage, when the movement either becomes an enduring organization (like the YMCA) or fades away, possibly to be revived at some later date. This life cycle fits poorly the expressive and migratory movements but is more applicable to the utopian,  reform, revolutionary, and resistance movements.

Posted on September 4, 2014 in COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT

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