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Uba, Katrin, Docent
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Uba, K. (2020). Why Did They Keep Quiet? Missing protests against school closures in Sweden. In: James M. Jasper; Brayden G. King (Ed.), Protestors and their Targets: (pp. 49). Temple University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why Did They Keep Quiet? Missing protests against school closures in Sweden
2020 (English)In: Protestors and their Targets / [ed] James M. Jasper; Brayden G. King, Temple University Press , 2020, p. 49-Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Temple University Press, 2020
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-404282 (URN)978-1-4399-1912-5 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-1020:1-E
Available from: 2020-02-17 Created: 2020-02-17 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved
Cristancho, C., Uba, K. & Zamponi, L. (2019). Discarding protests? Relating crisis experience to approval of protests among activists and bystanders. Acta Politica, 54(3), 430-457
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discarding protests? Relating crisis experience to approval of protests among activists and bystanders
2019 (English)In: Acta Politica, ISSN 0001-6810, E-ISSN 1741-1416, Vol. 54, no 3, p. 430-457Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To what extent does the economic crisis affect support for political protest? Since the outburst of the financial crisis in 2008 many protests have been mobilized against national governments and their austerity policies. In some countries, these actions were described in the media as having little support among the general public, while elsewhere these actions enjoyed significant public support. Surprisingly little scholarly work has examined this variation. We fill this research gap by investigating who approves of austerity protests, how bystanders’ attitudes differ from the activists’ approval of protests and how repertoires relate to the approval of austerity protests. The analysis uses original survey data from nine European countries affected by the recent economic crisis at varying degrees and demonstrates that protest experience, both at the country and individual level, relates to approval of anti-austerity protests. The severity of economic crisis increases is positively related to protest approval in general terms, but there are differences depending on the type of grievances and which forms of austerity protests are considered. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
protest, attitudes, bystanders, repertoires, economic crisis
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329370 (URN)10.1057/s41269-017-0061-1 (DOI)000471727500005 ()
Projects
Livewhat
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved
Tipaldou, S. & Uba, K. (2019). Movement adaptability in dissimilar settings: the far right in Greece and Russia. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, 21(4), 563-582
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Movement adaptability in dissimilar settings: the far right in Greece and Russia
2019 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 563-582Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses how two similar far right movements in different political systems – Golden Dawn (GD) in democratic Greece and the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) in authoritarian Russia – adapted their strategies and claims to better fit existing political contexts and how this affected the institutionalization of these movements. GD, a neo-Nazi movement formed in the 1980s, entered mainstream politics during the deep financial crisis of 2010, and since 2012 has consolidated its position as the third major opposition party. DPNI was founded in 2002; it had close connections with governing politicians and mobilized large xenophobic protests until it was banned in 2011. It then entered into a coalition with other far right groups under the banner of Russkie, cooperated with the liberals in the massive anti-fraud protests during 2011–2013, and tried to register as the Party of Nationalists, but failed and has now disbanded. While GD de-radicalized its anti-immigration claims to fit with the dominant discourse and exploited the financial crisis for its grass-root mobilization, DPNI changed its strategies and collaborated with its ideological opponents only after it had become very popular and faced with severe state repression. Our comparative analysis shows that far right movements adapt to their diverse environments in a manner similar to that of other anti-establishment movements regardless of context – whether within a democratic or non-democratic regime.

Keywords
Far right movements, institutionalization, Greece, Russia, Golden Dawn, movement against illegal immigration
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358443 (URN)10.1080/14616696.2018.1494294 (DOI)000479270600007 ()
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 752387
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved
Jansson, J. & Uba, K. (2019). Trade Unions on YouTube: Online Revitalization in Sweden. Palgrave Pivot
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Trade Unions on YouTube: Online Revitalization in Sweden
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book investigates how trade unions representing different social classes use YouTube videos for renewal purposes.  Information and communication technology has undoubtedly offered new opportunities for social movements, but while research suggests that these new means of communication can be used for trade union revitalization, few studies have examined what unions actually do on social media.

By analysing more than 4500 videos that have been uploaded by Swedish trade unions, Jansson and Uba explore how unions use YouTube to address issues such as recruiting new members, improving internal democracy, promoting political campaigns and constructing (new) self-images. The results demonstrate that trade unions representing a range of social classes use different revitalization strategies via YouTube.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Pivot, 2019
Keywords
trade unions, YouTube, Sweden, social media, mobilization, self-images, revitalization
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390062 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-24914-4 (DOI)978-3-030-24914-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, IN14-0698:1
Available from: 2019-08-04 Created: 2019-08-04 Last updated: 2020-03-16Bibliographically approved
Uba, K. & Kousis, M. (2018). Constituency Groups of Alternative Action Organizations During Hard Times: A Comparison at the Solidarity Orientation and Country Levels. American Behavioral Scientist, 62(6), 816-836
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constituency Groups of Alternative Action Organizations During Hard Times: A Comparison at the Solidarity Orientation and Country Levels
2018 (English)In: American Behavioral Scientist, ISSN 0002-7642, E-ISSN 1552-3381, Vol. 62, no 6, p. 816-836Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Alternative action organizations (AAO) usually rise during economic crises to offer direct support and solidarity to their constituency groups. These groups may be less involved recipient beneficiary groups or more participative groups collaborating and creating networks of support to sustain the needs of their members. This article compensates for the lack of empirical knowledge about such groups by systematically describing AAOs’ constituency groups in nine different European countries. The analysis is based on detailed data from the websites of a random sample of more than 4,000 AAOs in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom—countries representing different welfare regimes, as well as experience of the 2008 economic crisis. Results demonstrate that there are significant intracountry variations of groups reported as major beneficiaries and participants by the AAOs, but this variation is related to the solidarity orientation of the organization rather than the country’s welfare regime or experience of economic crises. Mutual support organizations, which focus on collaborating for common interests, tend to target active constituency such as less vulnerable local communities and alternative economy consumer-producer initiatives. Distribution-oriented organizations, however, are more likely to target more vulnerable recipient beneficiary groups such as children, families, the poor, and migrants. We also show some significant country differences, as different constituency groups are represented relatively equally as targets of AAOs in Sweden, while being more “biased” toward alternative consumers and small enterprises in France. Results encourage further comparative research about constituency beneficiary and participant groups and the voluntary sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
constituency groups, beneficiaries, solidarity, alternative action organizations, welfare regimes
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-349169 (URN)10.1177/0002764218768854 (DOI)000432953900006 ()
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 613237
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-08-13Bibliographically approved
Uba, K. (2018). Critical Men? Perceptions of Crisis without Crisis in Sweden. In: Marco Giugni, Maria T Grasso (Ed.), Citizens and the Crisis: Experiences, Perceptions, and Responses to the Great Recession in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical Men? Perceptions of Crisis without Crisis in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Citizens and the Crisis: Experiences, Perceptions, and Responses to the Great Recession in Europe / [ed] Marco Giugni, Maria T Grasso, Palgrave Macmillan , 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Keywords
economic crisis
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-347210 (URN)9783319689593 (ISBN)978-3-319-68960-9 (ISBN)
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 613237
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-04-18Bibliographically approved
Jansson, J. & Uba, K. (2018). DigiFacket: ett projekt om att arkivera hemsidor och flöden i sociala medier. Arkiv, samhälle och forskning (2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>DigiFacket: ett projekt om att arkivera hemsidor och flöden i sociala medier
2018 (Swedish)In: Arkiv, samhälle och forskning, ISSN 0349-0505, no 2Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Föreningen för Arkiv och Informationsförvaltning, 2018
Keywords
e-arkiv, hemsidor, sociala medier, fackföreningar
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357895 (URN)
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved
Uba, K. (2016). DELIBERATIVE PROTESTS? Persuading politicians not to close schools in Swedish municipalities. Revista Internacional de Sociologia, 74(4), Article ID e046.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>DELIBERATIVE PROTESTS? Persuading politicians not to close schools in Swedish municipalities
2016 (English)In: Revista Internacional de Sociologia, ISSN 0034-9712, E-ISSN 1988-429X, Vol. 74, no 4, article id e046Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies on the political impact of protest mobilization sometimes show that disruptive protests help social movements achieve their goals. This is conventionally explained by politicians' interests in re-elections and social control, ultimately neglecting alternative arguments such as the drive for better policy solutions. This study investigates if well-reasoned arguments - measured by the deliberative quality of protest letters against school closures - persuade Swedish municipal decision-makers more than simple outcries. Analysis demonstrates support for this argument, as schools defended by protest letters with a higher deliberative quality have higher probability to remain open than schools defended by letters of a lower deliberative quality. However, a fundamental paradox rises from the second conclusion: intrinsically non-deliberate forms of protests, such as demonstrations, have a stronger negative effect on the likelihood of school closures. Hence, well-reasoned communicative practices have some power of persuasion, but experienced activists may prefer disruptive protests for more political leverage.

Abstract [es]

Los estudios sobre el impacto político de la movilización de protesta muestran que a veces las protestas disruptivas ayudan a los movimientos sociales a alcanzar sus objetivos. Esto se explica convencionalmente por los intereses de los políticos en la reelección y el control social, dejando de lado en última instancia argumentos alternativos tales como la búsqueda de mejores soluciones en términos de mejores políticas. Este artículo investiga si los argumentos bien razonados - medidos por la calidad deliberativa de cartas de protesta contra el cierre de las escuelas - persuaden más que los simples gritos a los responsables municipales en Suecia. El análisis apoya este argumento puesto que las escuelas defendidas por cartas de protesta con una calidad superior de deliberación tienen una mayor probabilidad de permanecer abiertas que las escuelas defendidas por cartas de una calidad deliberativa inferior. Sin embargo, surge una paradoja fundamental a partir de la segunda conclusión: las formas intrínsecamente no deliberadas de protestas, como las manifestaciones, tienen un efecto negativo más fuerte sobre la probabilidad de cierre de las escuelas. Por lo tanto, las prácticas comunicativas bien razonadas tienen cierto poder de persuasión, pero los activistas experimentados pueden preferir protestas disruptivas como medio para obtener más influencia política.

Keywords
Letters, Political Process, Reasoned Arguments, Responsiveness, Social Movements
National Category
Political Science Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312264 (URN)10.3989/ris.2016.74.4.046 (DOI)000397806400003 ()
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-1020:1-E
Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Uba, K. & Romanos, E. (2016). Introduction: rethinking the consequences of social movements and cycles of protest. Revista Internacional de Sociologia, 74(4), Article ID e044.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: rethinking the consequences of social movements and cycles of protest
2016 (English)In: Revista Internacional de Sociologia, ISSN 0034-9712, E-ISSN 1988-429X, Vol. 74, no 4, article id e044Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312261 (URN)000397806400001 ()
Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Jansson, J. & Uba, K. (2016). Motströms. Kampen mot kraftverket i Sölvbacka strömmar 1972–79. In: Andrés Brink Pinto & Martin Ericsson (Ed.), Politik underifrån. Kollektiva konfrontationer under Sveriges 1900-tal: . Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motströms. Kampen mot kraftverket i Sölvbacka strömmar 1972–79
2016 (Swedish)In: Politik underifrån. Kollektiva konfrontationer under Sveriges 1900-tal / [ed] Andrés Brink Pinto & Martin Ericsson, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2016
Keywords
protester, vattenkraftverk, politiska möjlighetsstrukturer, Sölvbacka
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288397 (URN)978 91 7924 274 9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27
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