Upsetting the Balance

  • David Hall-Cathala
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


Sociologists generally agree that people become involved in various forms of protest after experiencing dissatisfaction, frustration or a sense of ‘relative deprivation’.1 This observation is often backed by accounts of peasant revolts, workers’ strikes, bread riots and the like. In these cases, the source of dissatisfaction is usually obvious and it comes as no surprise when frustrations become manifest in collective action. Such action ranges from sporadic acts of protest to full-fledged revolution. Although sustained protest only rarely develops into revolution, it may develop into a social movement — a sustained form of collective action aimed at rectifying perceived ‘defects’ in society.2


Social Movement Relative Deprivation Gaza Strip Jewish People Israeli Society 
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