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Social movement

Social movements are a type of group action.

They are large informal groupings of individuals and/or organizations focused on specific political or social issues, in other words, on carrying out, resisting or undoing a social change.

Modern social movements became possible through education (the wider dissemination of literature), and increased mobility of labour due to the industrialisation and urbanisation of 19th century societies.

The freedom of expression, education and relative economic independence prevalent in the modern Western culture is responsible for the unprecedented number and scope of various contemporary social movements.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Social movement", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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