Hezbollah - A Unique Social Movement?

Michael Britton & Morten Mikkelsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Whilst we acknowledge that Hezbollah is considered by some as a social movement, there is a distinct shortage of literature that tries to describe it as such using social movement theory. We discuss that Resource Mobilisation Theory would be an effective social movement theory in discussing how Hezbollah mobilises key resources such as its support base and conscience constituents. It is also effective in analysing the different tactics and strategies employed by the organisation. Moreover it can be utilised in explaining how Hezbollah uses its resources such as the media and institutions in order to relate to society. Furthermore, we argue that Political Opportunity Theory can be used to explain why Hezbollah built political alliances and how they exploited weaknesses in the Lebanese political system. We argue that although Hezbollah can be defined as a social movement, it is too institutionalised to be solely considered as a social movement.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2014
VejlederePreben Kaarsholm


  • Hezbollah
  • Social Movement Theory