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Title: The Sectarian Street - Mobilising Into a Dead End?
Authors: Bahner, Line
Jespersen, Ann-Sofie
Advisor: Olesen, Gunnar
Keywords: Lebanon
Social movement theory
Middle East
Examination Date: Sep-2011
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2011
Abstract: Taking its point of departure in the case of mobilisation on the issue of rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the present thesis seeks to investigate the explanatory potentials of social movement theory in a Middle Eastern context. With the theoretical tools of the political process approach, and perspectives on mobilisation strategies, resources and framing strategies, the thesis seeks to explore the structural and organisational dynamics affecting the potentials of mobilisation as a method for obtaining rights for the Palestinians in Lebanon. Analysing the findings of previous scholarly work, interviews and observations carried out during field studies in Lebanon, the thesis concludes that the sectarian logic underlying Lebanese politics and society poses a great challenge for mobilisation as a method of obtaining political influence – in particular on issues with conflicting sectarian interests, of which the case of rights for Palestinians is a prime example. While the thesis acknowledges the descriptive power of the chosen social movement theory framework as a tool for structuring and categorising empirical data, it however finds that the chosen theoretical framework is not able to explain the significant interactions and causal relations between variables in the Lebanese context. As a result of this conclusion, additional theoretical perspectives and supplementary cases are introduced, in order to propose directions for future improvements of social movement theory, for explaining Middle Eastern mobilisations.
Subject: Thesis
Education: IU-studier / International Development Studies - Master thesis
Appears in Collections:Projektrapporter og specialer / Projectreports and master thesis
Internationale Udviklingsstudier rapporter / International Development Studies projects

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