Just because a postindustrial society calls for different claims, does not mean there is a uniqueness or a new trend in social movements, just an evolution or a growth that I consistent with the change in times. The argument that “contemporary social movements represent a fundamental break from industrial area movements due to the change from an economic redistribution focus to that of quality of life and life style concerns” (Nelson 1992) is rather we...
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Overall, there has not been a fundamental change in social movements. Inherent in every social movement is a call for a greater quality of life. Industrial movements did so through economic avenues, postindustrial movements do it through rights oriented or moral avenues. Arguably, the only fundamentally different types of social movements are those that attempt to take away from a group of people. For instance, separate but equal was proved as wrong and integration occurred. Some white supremacy movements call for segregation or the removal of rights, which fundamentally are different from movements, however, the perception of individuals within the movement might be that they are gaining the right to be separate. However, overall these movements appear in tandem with left wing movements so does that make them fundamentally different.
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