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Hot Contention, Cool AbstentionPositive Emotions and Protest Behavior During the Arab Spring$
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Stephanie Dornschneider

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693916

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693916.001.0001

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An Extraordinary Experience

An Extraordinary Experience

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(p.iii) Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

Stephanie Dornschneider

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the main research puzzle and the analytical framework of the book. To determine what motivated people to mobilize for the Arab Spring, the analysis applies belief systems and traces the reasoning processes of protesters and non-protesters. The chapter discusses what this application adds to the psychology literature on reasoning as well as the political science literature on contentious politics. The chapter outlines the main argument presented by the analysis—that mobilization for the uprisings was hot, meaning people decided to join the Arab Spring based on reasoning processes including emotions, whereas non-participation was cool, meaning people decided to refrain from joining the protests based on reasoning processes not including emotions.

Keywords:   belief systems, hot cognition, hot/cool reasoning, system 1, system 2, Arab Spring, contentious politics

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