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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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New Activists or Old Leftists? The Demographics of Protesters

New Activists or Old Leftists? The Demographics of Protesters

(p.78) 5 New Activists or Old Leftists? The Demographics of Protesters
The World Says No to War

Stefaan Walgrave

Dieter Rucht

Peter Van Aelst

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes the sociodemographic profile of the February 15 demonstrators. In most countries, women were slightly in the majority. However, there was a striking overrepresentation of men in Belgium. Also, for all of the countries studied, the average anti-war protester is highly educated. Every major group in society was represented to some extent, but an assessment of the demonstrators’ representativity reveals that people presenting imminent war were not representative of the populations of their countries because most of them were younger, female, and much better educated than the average citizen.

Keywords:   sociodemographics, February 15 demonstrators, anti-war protester, representativity

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