Title
The missing link in the diffusion of protest : asking others The missing link in the diffusion of protest : asking others
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Chicago, Ill. ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
American journal of sociology. - Chicago, Ill., 1895, currens
Volume/pages
119(2014) :6 , p. 1670-1709
ISSN
0002-9602
ISI
000339700300004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Mobilization for protest is a process of diffusion in interpersonal networks. Extant work has found that being asked by people one knows is a key determinant of participation, but the flip side asking others has been neglected. The authors examine which prospective participants are most likely to ask others to participate and whom they ask. Drawing on a new and unusual data set including evidence on more than 7,000 participants in 48 demonstrations across Europe, the authors find that activists who are committed to the demonstration's cause (willing to recruit others) and who are part of participation-friendly networks (able to recruit others) are the most active recruiters. Asking others is dependent on being asked: participants tend to recruit people similar to those who have recruited them and, most importantly, participants who are recruited via strong ties are less active recruiters themselves.
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