Title
Contextualizing contestation : framework, design, and dataContextualizing contestation : framework, design, and data
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
Media, Movements and Politics (M2P)
Publication type
article
Publication
San Diego, Calif.,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Source (journal)
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Volume/pages
17(2012):3, p. 249-262
ISSN
1086-671X
1938-1514
ISI
000309895300003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article presents the theoretical underpinnings, design, methods, and measures of the project, Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation. This effort examines street demonstrations that vary in atmosphere, organization, and target. The project particularly focuses on participants, exploring who participates, and why and how people got involved. Data are collected before, during, and after a number of demonstrations, and captures the entire "demonstration moment." We develop standardized measures and techniques for sampling and data collection at the individual demonstrator level and at the contexual level. Evidence was gathered not only from the demonstrators but also from police, organizers, and the mass media. Data-gathering efforts were standardized through identical methods, questionnaires, fact sheets, and content analysis protocols. The CCC project examines demonstrations in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden between 2009 and 2012. Teams from Italy, Mexico, and the Czech Republic joined the project at a later stage. The project has covered 61 demonstrations and 12,993 questionnaires have been completed to date.
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