Vestergren, SK and Sefa Uysal, M (2022) Do disasters trigger protests? A conceptual view of the connection between disasters, injustice, and protests – the case of COVID-19. Frontiers in Political Science. ISSN 2673-3145 (In Press)

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People around the globe are affected by disasters far beyond the disaster properties. Given that certain social groups are affected disproportionately, disasters need to be considered as political events which may cause political actions. Therefore, we aim to discuss, from a social psychological perspective, how and why protests might occur during or after a disaster. We argue for an elaborated model of collective action participation suggesting that disasters enhance the predictors of protest mobilisation and participation though emerged or enhanced social injustice. We also suggest that while disaster properties can be used to delegitimise protests and social movements, properties within the collective can be used to facilitate for community resilience and recovery during and after a disaster. Finally, we discuss the gaps in current research and emphasise the need for more attention to the disaster-protest link as we can expect more disasters due to climate crisis, likely to lead to more protests and political collective action.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 11:29
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 11:29

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