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Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes

Anne Nassauer


This book provides an account of how and why routine interactions break down and how such situational breakdowns lead to protest violence and other types of surprising social outcomes. It takes a close-up look at the dynamic processes of how situations unfold and compares their role to that of motivations, strategies, and other contextual factors. The book discusses factors that can draw us into violent situations and describes how and why we make uncommon individual and collective decisions. Covering different types of surprise outcomes from protest marches and uprisings turning violent to ro ... More

Keywords: violence, protests, situational breakdowns, surprising outcomes, uprising, robbery, social movements, interactions, emotions, video data

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190922061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190922061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Nassauer, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).