Cohesion and Fragmentation in Social Movements

How Frames and Identities Shape the Belo Monte Conflict

  • Ina Peters

Part of the Bürgergesellschaft und Demokratie book series (BÜD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Ina Peters
    Pages 17-34
  3. Ina Peters
    Pages 35-57
  4. Ina Peters
    Pages 59-77
  5. Ina Peters
    Pages 235-256
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-293

About this book


Ina Peters analyzes how collective identities and collective action frames have contributed to the persistence and eventual fragmentation of the collective action against the Belo Monte Dam. Reconstructing the rationale of the conflict, Ina Peters addresses theoretical research gaps regarding the dynamics – particularly cohesion and fragmentation – in social movements. The study considers the influence of the regional context and the applicability of Western theories in non-Western case studies. It is based on primary data that was collected through semistructured interviews and analyzed in detail by means of a combined top-down and bottom-up procedure based on the grounded theory methodology.

  • Social Movement Theory
  • Grounded Theory Methodology
  • Economic and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon
  • Rationale of the Belo Monte conflict
  • Traveling of theories and concepts
Target Groups 
  • Researchers and students of Social Movement Research, Latin American Studies, and (Comparative) Area Studies
  • Practitioners in the fields of environmental governance, sustainable development, and human rights 
The Author
Ina Peters is head of research management at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL). She was a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies headed by Professor Detlef Nolte and a doctoral student of Professor Kai-Uwe Schnapp at Universität Hamburg. 


Wasserkraft / Hydropower Grounded Theory Brasilien / Brazil Indigene Völker / Indigenous peoples Amazonas / Amazon Übertragbarkeit von Theorien / traveling of concepts

Authors and affiliations

  • Ina Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL)HannoverGermany

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