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Do disasters trigger protests? A conceptual view of the connection between disasters, injustice, and protests – the case of COVID-19

Vestergren, Sara; Uysal, Mete Sefa; Tekin, Selin

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Authors

Mete Sefa Uysal

Selin Tekin



Abstract

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.

Citation

Vestergren, S., Uysal, M. S., & Tekin, S. (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, 4, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2022.836420

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 20, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 9, 2022
Publication Date Aug 9, 2022
Journal Frontiers in Political Science
Print ISSN 2673-3145
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Article Number 836420
Pages 1-11
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2022.836420
Keywords protest; disaster; COVID-19; pandemic; injustice; inequality
Publisher URL https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpos.2022.836420/full

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