In: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegung, Vol 25, No 1, 2012, pp. 60-65
Social movements come into being due to contradictions within a society. They create a growing number of people that fear a social catastrophe or believe they can change the current situation. These motives also provide legitimation for people to protest, resist or, in some circumstances, even promote a radical change in their society.
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