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Social Movement Theory: Resource Mobilization Theory -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Flynn, Simone I.;

2009 / EBSCO


Resource mobilization theory argues that social movements succeed through the effective mobilization of resources and the development of political opportunities for members. This article will focus on resource mobilization theory and provide an analysis of the history, applications, and strengths and weaknesses of the theory. An overview of the origins and main principles of resource mobilization theory is included. The application of resource mobilization theory to social movement formation is discussed. The main criticisms of the resource mobilization theory are also explored.