Damning the Dam: Insights from Save the Narmada Movement in India

[Speaker] Ravi, Ravi Shankar:1
1:University of Delhi (India)

Protest as a form of collective action has been treated as irrational, illegitimate and regressive and protesters as psychologically deficient individuals. Protest is a form of self-assertion in order to bring about positive changes and resist the negatives ones. Protests are triggered due to infringement of values and rights. Protests are exhibited as activism for peace and harmony. This study explores the social-psychological dynamics involved in movement agains Dams construction on the river Narmada. In-depth interviews of the protesters and the affected people have been conducted to understand the protest processes.
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