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category: peer-reviewed article

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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

author(s) | Anders Hylmö & Magnus Wennerhag

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abstract | In this paper, survey data from 60 demonstrations in 8 European countries is analyzed, to explore whether social class matters in political protest. Do different types of demonstrations mobilize different groups of employees/workers? And do social class matter for demonstrators’ attitudes about social inequality, welfare privatization and political trust—or do national context and/or the issue of the demonstration primarily shape these attitudes? This paper describes and analyzes the class composition of a wide range of demonstrations. Furthermore, the paper explores different conceptualizations of social class in the analysis, in order to evaluate their different merits and applicability when analyzing political protests.

country project | The Netherlands

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