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The World Says No to WarDemonstrations against the War on Iraq$
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Stefaan Walgrave and Dieter Rucht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650958

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650958.001.0001

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Studying Protest in Context

Studying Protest in Context

(p.261) Conclusion: Studying Protest in Context
The World Says No to War

Stefaan Walgrave

Dieter Rucht

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter concludes that substantial differences exist among the February 15 protesters in the eight countries studied. The most valuable tool by far to account for cross-national differences in sociodemographic characteristics, attitudes, and behavior was the issue-specific context of the protests. Regarding the sociodemographic profiles, the average demonstrator in the aggregate of all countries resembled the typical new social movements’ activists with high levels of education, a relatively large proportion of whom were women, belonged to the younger age groups, and predominantly worked in the human service sector. There was no evidence of an overarching ideological master frame as a driving force to protest based on the answers provided by the protesters to the surveys conducted or in the written pamphlets and speeches held during the demonstrations.

Keywords:   protesters, cross-national differences, sociodemographic profiles, protests, issue-specific context, new social movements’ activists, ideological master frame

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