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Psihologia protestelor colective: aspecte introductive
Psychology of collective protests: preliminary remarks

Author(s): Natalia Cojocaru
Subject(s): Psychology, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions
Published by: State Pedagogical University „Ion Creanga” from Chisinau
Keywords: collective emotions; collective protests; rituals;

Summary/Abstract: In this article, we present some theoretical syntheses pertaining to the psychology of collective protests, concerning particular factors that determine adherence to and resignation from protest actions, the role of emotions and rituals in the collective protests and new forms of mobilization through online networks. Studies show that mobilization is significantly correlated with the degree of identification with the in-group, identity threat and perception of success, while resignation may be caused by uncertainty about the use of protest or by repressive measures imposed by security forces. One aspect scarcely clarified is what was called the paradox of participation – the persistence of protest despite failures, causing individuals to join again protest actions. Regarding the role of emotions, researchers found that negative emotions against the out-group have an essential role in maintaining the protest action on a longer period. Currently, researchers are particularly interested in the implications of online communication networks (forums, Twitter, Facebook) in the organization and unfolding of protest events.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 45(4)
  • Page Range: 3-18
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Romanian