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Size matters: Quantifying protest by counting participants

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Since the 1970s, catalogs of protest events have been at the heart of research on social movements. Sociologists count the frequency of events to measure how protest changes over time or varies across space, as either the dependent variable or a key independent variable. This measure is disconnected from theory, which conceptualizes protest as collective action—by implication, what should be quantified are actions. Most fundamentally, counting events is inappropriate b...

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Published
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10.1177/0049124116629166

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Sociology
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Sociological Methods and Research Journal website
Publication date:
2016-02-05
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uuid:23cbfa73-a653-4478-9d30-5ba8cd95d093
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608931
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pubs:608931

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