Explaining differential protest participation: Novices, returners, repeaters, and stalwarts

Saunders, Clare E., Grasso, Maria, Olcese, Cristiana, Rainsford, Emily, Rootes, Christopher (2012) Explaining differential protest participation: Novices, returners, repeaters, and stalwarts. Mobilization, 17 (3). pp. 263-280. ISSN 1086-671X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Protest participation scholarship tends to focus on the special characteristics of novices and the highly committed, underplaying the significance of those in between. In this article, we fill a lacuna in the literature by refocusing attention on four different types of protesters: novices, returners, repeaters, and stalwarts. Employing data from protest surveys of demonstrations that took place in seven European countries (2009-2010), we test whether these types of protesters are differentiated by biographical-structural availability and/or psychologicalattitudinal engagement. Our results suggest that biographical availability distinguishes our four groups, but not as a matter of degree. Few indicators of structural availability distinguish between the groups of protesters, and emotional factors do not distinguish between them at all. Some political engagement factors suggest similarity between novices and returners. This confirms the need to avoid treating protesters as a homogenous group and reinforces the importance of assessing the contributions of diverse factors to sustaining "protest politics.".

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2013 11:03 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36699 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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