ABSTRACT

Our definition encompasses the phenomena designated by the labels "nativistic movement," "messianic movement," "millenarian movement," "utopian movement," "sect formation," "religious revolution," "political revolution," "nationalistic movement," "charisnlatic movement," and many others) Given the inclusive character of our definition and given the complexity of any valueoriented movement, we must specify at the outset the principal aspects of these movements which we will attempt to explain.