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|Title: ||The Sectarian Street - Mobilising Into a Dead End?|
|Authors: ||Bahner, Line|
|Advisor: ||Olesen, Gunnar|
Social movement theory
|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.|
|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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