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Can the Divided be United?: Exploring Ethnic Identity in National Non-Violent Demonstrations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines under what conditions different ethnic groups participate in national non-violent demonstrations. As the literature around collective action and social movements has mostly overlooked the role of ethnic identity in explaining broad civic participation, this study aims to establish whether there is variation between indigenous and non-indigenous participation in national non-violent demonstrations, and whether the theories derived from these two strains of literature could account for their (non)participation. To do so, this study focuses on the theories and concepts of grievances, collective identity, political opportunity and social media and explores whether these mechanisms could explain participation for both the indigenous as well as the non-indigenous population. This comparison is made through a mixed method, including a survey analysis and in-depth interviewing. Although I argue that the indigenous population is less likely to participate in national non-violent demonstrations, the findings suggest there to be no variation in participation between the two different ethnic groups. Furthermore, although some variation is found within the statistical analysis, the findings overall indicate that the proposed mechanisms hold explanatory power for the participation of both the indigenous as well as the non-indigenous population in national non-violent demonstrations.

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2018. , p. 84
Keywords [en]
national non-violent demonstrations, ethnic identity, social movements, collective action, Guatemala
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354059DiVA, id: diva2:1220520
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Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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