The Dynamics of Grassroots Mobilization
Social Movements, Eviction and Involuntary Resettlement
Michael Hooper, Principal Investigator
The Dynamics of Grassroots Mobilization: Social Movements, Eviction and Involuntary Resettlement
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), American Planning Association (International Division)
Dates of project
As multilateral organizations and aid agencies increasingly advocate bottom-up and community-led approaches to development, it is critical to understand the dynamics and consequences of grassroots mobilization. This project addresses two related questions that strike at the heart of our understanding of collective action, community mobilization, and urban politics in the developing world. The first is, what motivates social movement participation by the urban poor? The second is, how does social movement participation impact the ability of individuals to cope with key development challenges? These two questions are explored through a detailed study of community mobilization around eviction and involuntary resettlement in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Hooper, M. and J. Cadstedt. 2014. “Moving Beyond ‘Community’ Participation: Perceptions of Renting and the Dynamics of Participation Around Urban Development in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” International Planning Studies 19(1): 25-44.
Hooper, M. and L. Ortolano. 2012. “Confronting Urban Displacement: Social Movement Participation and Post-Eviction Resettlement Success in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 32(3): 278-288.
Hooper, M. and L. Ortolano. 2012. “Motivations for Slum Dweller Social Movement Participation: A Study of Mobilization in Kurasini, Dar es Salaam.” Environment and Urbanization 24(1): 99-114.
Hooper, M. 2012. “Lessons from Mobilization Around Slum Evictions in Tanzania.” Forced Migration Review 41: 47.
Hooper, M. 2012. “The Complexity of Participation: Learning from Slum Dweller Mobilization in Dar es Salaam.” The Global Urbanist, Dec. 11, 2012.
Hooper, M. 2012. “Post-Disaster Resettlement: More than a Question of Shelter.” InM. Mostafavi and P. Christensen (Eds.). Instigations: Engaging Architecture, Landscape and the City. Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers.