Grievances, Demands, and Silencing: The case of Mutasareen-e Mirani Dam Movement Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Kamal, Ahsan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • The sociological study of social movements conflates grievances with demands, and literature does not explain cases where the disjuncture between underlying grievances and articulated demands are significant. I propose a theory of silencing to study the gap between grievances and demand introduced due to internal and external movement factors shaped by differential power structures. Using the case of the Mutasareen-e Mirani Dam movement against a large dam in Pakistan, subsequent floods, and ongoing demands for financial compensation, I demonstrate that disjuncture are evident in cases where collective action seeks to address complex and multilayered loss faced by individuals and communities that are displaced and dispossessed due to the construction of mega-development projects. The research uses data collected through interviews, participant observation, and documentary archives collected between 2012 and 2015. My study shows mobilization can occur even when some underlying grievances are addressed, and the manner in which institutionalized power pre-configures movement demands.
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  • Andrews, Kenneth
  • Gilmartin, David
  • Kurzman, Charles
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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