Journal Article

Movement to Movement Transmission and the Role of Place: The Relationship between Catholic Action and Call to Action

Anthony J. Pogorelc

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 72, issue 4, pages 415-434
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/srr001
Movement to Movement Transmission and the Role of Place: The Relationship between Catholic Action and Call to Action

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This article offers an alternative interpretation of the relationship between two social movement organizations (SMOs) with roots in the Catholic Church of Chicago: Catholic Action (CA), specifically the form that began in the 1940s and expanded as the Christian Family Movement, and Call to Action (CTA), an SMO that emerged during the 1970s. Using social movement theories combined with the sociology of place, this article analyzes periodicals, archival data, and interviews arguing that (1) the SMOs are closely related, (2) that the relationship between them is an excellent example of movement-to-movement transmission, and (3) that the role of “place”—in this case, Chicago—is significant in the movement-to-movement transmission process. This article adds to our awareness of social movements within religious organizations, by demonstrating CA's continuing influence and its relationship to the mobilization of CTA.

Keywords: Catholicism; conflict; social movements/collective behavior

Journal Article.  7648 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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