Differentiate among the five major types of social movements based on their goals and the amount of change they seek to produce.
A social movement is an organized group that acts consciously to promote or resist change through collective action. Reform, revolutionary, religious, and alternative movements are major types identified by sociologists. Reform movements seek to improve society by changing some specific aspect of the social structure. Revolutionary movements seek to bring about a total change in society - sometimes by the use of terrorism. Religious movements seek to produce radical change in individuals by way of spiritual or supernatural belief systems. Alternative movements seek limited change to some aspect of people�s behavior. Resistance movements seek to prevent change or to undo change that has already occurred.