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date: 14 October 2019

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The chapter focusses on religious revivalism as the foundation of social movement activities since the 1980s. The objective of the chapter is, first, to outline the structural transformations which contributed to changing conditions of religiosity in the period in order to, second, explore religious revivalism as the foundation of a variety of social movement activities. Finally, the chapter discusses potential future gains from further integrating insights from the sociology of religion with social movement research, and points to a number of areas where theoretical integration would be productive. A basic theoretical claim of this chapter is that there is a lot to be gained from further integrating elements of the sociological study of religion with the sociological study of social movements. Making sense of religious revivalism as a source of societal change calls for such integration.

Keywords: religious revivalism, de-secularization, de-privatization of religion, religious activism, religious social movements, exit and voice

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