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Minding the protest: attitudes towards different forms of protest action in contemporary South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10 en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10T14:22:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-10T14:22:05Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-10 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11467
dc.description.abstract This article focuses on providing new insights into the nature of public opinion about protest action in South Africa. Since the mid-2000s the country has experienced one of the world's highest levels of popular protest and strike action, combined with the recent resurgence of an active student protest movement. Sociological research into these protests has suggested that they represent distinct phenomena and that local protests have assumed plural forms that cut across simple violent/non-violent and orderly/disorderly binary distinctions. Despite the rapid growth of literature on South African protests, surprisingly little is known about public opinion relating to various forms of protest. Consequently, this article aims to examine differences with regard to the acceptability, perceived effectiveness and participation in respect of three categories of protest action, namely orderly, disruptive and violent protests. The article uses data from a protest module included as part of the 2016 round of the South African Social Attitudes Survey, a nationally representative series conducted annually by the Human Sciences Research Council. Apart from determining the nature and extent of variation in opinion regarding the three types of protest action on aggregate, the article explores patterns of similarity and differentiation across societal groups, based on class, age, race, gender and geography. Finally, we analyse how and for whom perspectives on the three forms of protest have changed over the course of a generation by drawing on functionally equivalent data collected in 1995. The article concludes by reflecting on whether the evidence supports key hypotheses regarding the 'rebellion of the poor' in the country. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject PROTEST en
dc.subject PUBLIC OPINION en
dc.subject ATTITUDES en
dc.title Minding the protest: attitudes towards different forms of protest action in contemporary South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 62 en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle SA Crime Quarterly en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10161 en
dc.PageNumber 81-92 en
dc.outputnumber 9092 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bohler-Muller, N., Roberts, B.J., Struwig, J., Gordon, S.L., Radebe, T. & Alexander, P. (2017) Minding the protest: attitudes towards different forms of protest action in contemporary South Africa. <i>SA Crime Quarterly</i>. 62:81-92. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.contributor.author2 Roberts, B.J. en
dc.contributor.author3 Struwig, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Gordon, S.L. en
dc.contributor.author5 Radebe, T. en
dc.contributor.author6 Alexander, P. en

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