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What is a Political Worker? Leadership & Leaderlessness in Lebanon’s Independence Intifada

Safieddine, Karim (2024) What is a Political Worker? Leadership & Leaderlessness in Lebanon’s Independence Intifada. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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There have been scholarly advances in terms of situating “leadership” in the larger map of other structural and dynamic conditions of mobilization; nevertheless, these contributions have not sealed the debate regarding the emergence and manifestation of leadership and initiative in relatively “leaderless environments”, especially those which have clear shortcomings on the level of institutional politics. After dissecting the conceptual and empirical debate within the leadership literature in social movement studies, I utilize a Gramscian framework to present the concept of “political workers” as a theoretical and methodological instrument to observe the ways in which the "political biographies" and day-to-day labor of particular actors can shape an alternative "common sense". I make use of empirical illustrations, particularly from in-depth semi-structured interviews, to sketch the case of non-sectarian actors who participated in Lebanon's 2005 Independence Intifada, further elaborating four elements of political work: conceptions of sovereignty, alliances, organizational factors, and moral leadership.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Safieddine, Karimkas726@pitt.edukas7260009-0005-4827-5956
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBamyeh, Mohammedmab205@pitt.edumab205
Committee MemberStaggenborg, Suzannesuzstagg@pitt.edusuzstagg
Date: 23 May 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: April 2024
Approval Date: 23 May 2024
Submission Date: 17 April 2024
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 49
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social movements, political work, labor, Lebanon, Independence Intifada
Date Deposited: 23 May 2024 19:45
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 19:45


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