Mapping Social Movements in Post War: Understanding Contention from Below
This research project is conducted by the visit follow Dr. Rima Majed in collaboration with the Centre for Lebanese Studies. It proposes to study the contemporary history of contentious politics from below in post-war Lebanon. It looks at how social movements have developed and fluctuated in the post-Taef era. The focus on contentious politics aims to capture structural changes and political dynamics at the societal level, beyond the heavy focus on elite politics or geopolitics solely.
The main methodology of this project relies on building a dataset of all protest events that took place in post-Taef Lebanon based on newspaper archives.
This dataset will be the first of its kind to study mobilization and contentious politics from below in Lebanon, and it will cover more than ten thousand protest events. Through a thorough analysis of these archives and in-depth interviews with actors and activists, this project aims to map the mobilization of the main political parties/groups, civil society organizations/campaigns, unions/syndicates, and pressure groups that have been involved in shaping the local social, political and economic demands over the past three decades.