Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Document Type


Date of this Version



Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1953. Department of Sociology.


Copyright 1953, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis proposes to show the similarities and differences between the struggle for national independence and freedom in India and similar struggles in the West. The collective effort to win national independence is a form of social movement. A group of people in a given place at a given time become united in a collective attempt to protect or promote the good of their society. Such formations we call social movements. Sociologists have correctly regarded social movements as a part of their field of study. Social movements are collective endeavors to solve problems in one or many aspects of a society. Few, if any, social movements are as comprehensive and strong as nationalist social movements.

Advisor: Paul Meadows