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Does class matter in protests? Social class, attitudes towards inequality, and political trust in European demonstrations in a time of economic crisis

Författare och institution:
Magnus Wennerhag (Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap); Anders Hylmö (-)
Publicerad i:
XXVI Convegno SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica), workshopen ”Social movements and the crisis: between innovation and continuity”, 12–15 september 2012, Università Roma Tre, Rom, Italien,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In this paper, survey data from 60 demonstrations in 8 European countries is analyzed, to explore the role of social class for attitudes about social inequalities and political trust. Is it possible to see differences in which groups of employees and workers that are mobilized in different types of demonstrations? Are the attitudes of the protesters primarily shaped by social class, national context, or the issue of the demonstration? In a first step, this paper analyzes the role of class for a wide range of demonstrations; in a second step, it focuses on demonstrations by the Workers’ movement (traditional May Day marches, and trade union demonstrations addressing austerity measures and unemployment issues). In this latter part, we focus how social class influences attitudes towards protectionism and class politics. Furthermore, the paper explores different conceptualizations of social class in the analysis, in order to evaluate their different explanatory values.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
social movements, political participation, political protests, demonstration, class
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2012-12-07 13:36

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