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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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Identifying Beliefs and Inferences

Identifying Beliefs and Inferences

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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

Stephanie Dornschneider

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes direct speech to identify reasoning processes underlying participation in the Arab Spring protests. First, it introduces Corbin and Strauss’ qualitative open and axial coding procedures. The author introduces this coding scheme and explains how it was constructed. The chapter then presents numerous excerpts from interviews as well as Facebook entries and explains, line by line, how these coding procedures were applied to identify the main components of reasoning processes: beliefs, direct and indirect inferences, and decisions to join the uprisings or to stay at home instead. The chapter describes how emotions, which were central to protest decisions, were identified from direct speech by referring to the psychology literature on hope, courage, pride, and solidarity. It also elaborates on the analysis of quotes expressing safety considerations, which were central to decisions to stay at home.

Keywords:   textual analysis, open coding, axial coding, beliefs, inferences, reasoning processes, Arab Spring

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