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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention – Positive Emotions and Protest Behavior During the Arab Spring - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention: Positive Emotions and Protest Behavior During the Arab Spring

Stephanie Dornschneider


Why did people mobilize for the Arab Spring? While existing research has focused on the roles of authoritarian regimes, oppositional structures, and social grievances in the movement, these explanations fail to address differences in the behavior of individuals, overlooking the fact that even when millions mobilized for the Arab Spring, the majority of the population stayed at home. To investigate this puzzle, this book traces the reasoning processes by which individuals decided to join the uprisings or to refrain from doing so. Drawing from original ethnographic interviews with protestors and ... More

Keywords: hot cognition, reasoning processes, belief systems, Arab Spring, contentious politics, qualitative methods, computational modeling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190693916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190693916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Dornschneider, author
Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin