what is the difference between a social movement and a solidarity movement?


newpaltz529 asked:

I am writing a paper about solidarity movements in Latin America, based on the book Convictions of the Soul: Religion, Culture, and Agency in the Central American Solidarity Movement by Sharon Erickson Nepstad. In my paper, I keep using solidarity movements and social movements interchangably, but I don’t know if that is entirely correct. HELP!
thats funny you gave the answer with charles tilly because i just read a book by him

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*Social solidarity refers to the integration, and degree and type of integration, shown by a society or group with people and their neighbors. It refers to the ties in a society – social relations – that bind people to one another. The term is generally employed in sociology and the other social sciences. What forms the basis of solidarity varies between societies. In simple societies it may be mainly based around kinship and shared values. In more complex societies there are various theories as to what contributes the sense of social solidarity.

**Charles Tilly defines big social movements as a series of contentious performances, displays and campaigns by which ordinary people made collective claims on others [Tilly, 2004]. For Tilly, social movements are a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in public politics [Tilly, 2004:3]. He argues that there are three major elements to a social movement [Tilly, 2004]:
1. Campaigns: a sustained, organized public effort making collective claims of target authorities;
2. Repertoire: employment of combinations from among the following forms of political action: creation of special-purpose associations and coalitions, public meetings, solemn processions, vigils, rallies, demonstrations, petition drives, statements to and in public media, and pamphleteering; and
3. WUNC displays: participants’ concerted public representation of worthiness, unity, numbers, and commitments on the part of themselves and/or their constituencies.
Sidney Tarrow defines [Tarrow, 1994] a social movement as collective challenges [to elites, authorities, other groups or cultural codes] by people with common purposes and solidarity in sustained interactions with elites, opponents and authorities. He specifically distinguishes social movements from political parties and Advocacy groups.

Edit: Irony. Anyways, I think are are interchangeable
(although there is a slight difference between the two).


A social movement is a communities need to have a particular agenda intact by governmental means because those in control are not distributing properly. Strength in numbers sort of speak. Solidarity is similar because their is a need to resolve a particular issue in government or religion or other commuity cause and so it is necessary to have silidarity to ensure that it is sought after in unity.

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