Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social Movement

Faith has lengthy performed a vital function in lots of social and political activities. cohesion in Poland, anti-apartheid in South Africa, Operation Rescue within the United States--each of those activities is pushed by way of the strength and sustained by way of the dedication of a lot of persons and firms whose ideologies are formed and powered by means of non secular religion. in lots of circumstances, spiritual assets and explanations function an important variables explaining the emergence of whole social events. regardless of the an important position of faith in such a lot societies, this spiritual activism continues to be mostly uninvestigated. Disruptive faith intends to fill this void by means of studying modern social routine that are pushed via humans and organisations of religion. Upon an organization base of empirical facts, those essays additionally tackle many theoretical matters coming up within the learn of social activities and disruptive politics.

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Rustin's insight suggested that grievances vital to the masses were the ones that triggered organized collective action. The working papers m a d e it clear that the local protest movements broke from the legal strategies of the past and initiated the new period of mass confrontation. Working paper no. 7 acknowledged the break (SCLC 1957c): We must recognize in this new period that direct action is our most potent political weapon. We must understand that our refusal to accept Jim Crow in specific areas challenges the entire social, political and economic order that has kept us second class citizens since 1876.

Social Movements in an Organizational Society. New Brunswick: Transaction. This page intentionally left blank PART ©NE PREEXISTENT ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERSHIP This page intentionally left blank M. The Black Church in the Civil Rights Movement: the SCLC as the Decentralized, Radical Arm of the Black Church Aldon Morris The black church functioned as the institutional center of the modern civil rights movement. Churches provided the movement with an organized mass base; a leadership of clergymen largely economically independent of the larger white society and skilled in the art of managing people and resources; an institutionalized financial base through which protest was financed; and meeting-places where the masses planned tactics and strategies and collectively committed themselves to the struggle.

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