Syrian Kurdish Political Activism: A Social Movement Theory Perspective

Syrian Kurdish politics is complex. While the political parties appear rather similar in terms of their goals, fierce inter-party rivalry exists, nonetheless. Shedding some light on Syrian Kurdish politics using Social Movement Theory as a theoretical framework, this article deals with how and why S...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments (Band 4)
Main Author: van den Berge, Wietse
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2015
Subjects:
KNC
PYD
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Summary:Syrian Kurdish politics is complex. While the political parties appear rather similar in terms of their goals, fierce inter-party rivalry exists, nonetheless. Shedding some light on Syrian Kurdish politics using Social Movement Theory as a theoretical framework, this article deals with how and why Syrian Kurds choose a specific political party. Interviews with Syrian Kurdish political activists in Iraqi Kurdistan provide the data. The interviews point out that a striking cleavage exists: Respondents sympathizing with the dominant political party preferred social equality, while interviewees belonging to other parties have a preference for non-violence.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2015.4.2520