Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 January 2021

192 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190693916

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Hot Contention, Cool Abstention

Positive Emotions and Protest Behavior During the Arab Spring

Stephanie Dornschneider

Series in Political Psychology

  • Provides a novel, micro-level perspective on protest behavior by showing that decision-making during the Arab Spring was based on hot and cool cognitive systems: The hot, "go"-system motivated fast, emotion-based decision-making favoring protest, whereas the cool, "know"-system led to slow and strategic decisions rejecting protest participation
  • Introduces the important role of positive emotions, particularly hope, solidarity, courage, and pride, complementing the large protest literature on negative emotions of anger, frustration, and moral outrage
  • Develops an original dataset of ethnographic interviews with participants and non-participants in the Arab Spring, and applies qualitative methods to code the data into 121 reasoning processes related to protest decisions
  • Establishes a new computational model to systematically analyze large numbers of reasoning processes

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