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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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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

Stephanie Dornschneider

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the findings of the computational analysis. Confirming the literature on hot cognition and emotions in general, it shows that decisions to mobilize for the Arab Spring were primarily motivated by beliefs about positive emotions (solidarity, courage, hope, national pride). On the contrary, decisions to stay at home were not motivated by beliefs about emotions but instead were triggered by beliefs about living in safety, improving living conditions, and state approval. The author organizes the results around the particular findings related to protestors and non-protesters and the key antecedents of their decision to protest or stay at home.

Keywords:   hot cognition, reasoning processes, hot/cool reasoning, Arab Spring, emotion

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