Social and Political Movements in Bangladesh

Luthfa, Samina, AU, Shamma, Wasifa Tasnim, AU

Chapter |  14

Year of Publication  |  2024

Imprint  |   The University Press Limited (UPL)


This chapter showcases scholarly contributions on social and political movements of Bangladesh since the inception of the Department of Sociology at the University of Dhaka in 1957. In this chapter, the authors discuss contextual factors, dimensions, and processes of social movements that occurred in Bangladesh since the late 1960s. They presented a review of literature on varied social movements of Bangladesh to explore and discuss some of the major structural and cultural conditions that accelerate and inhibit the emergence and mobilization of those movements. Drawing on theories of social movement, the characteristic aspects such as the organizational forms, fields, leadership, strategic repertoires, framing, emotions, collective identity, and consequences, such as participation, innovation, diffusion, and so on are explored in this chapter. The authors also address the potential of improving movement studies and research, academic excellence, and industry-university linkage. The authors emphasize how organized activities often challenge undemocratic or authoritarian rule, strengthen the sense of social solidarity, protect human rights, and ensure justice. 

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Luthfa, Samina, AU, Shamma, Wasifa Tasnim, AU. Social and Political Movements in Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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