Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA) - QRCA Views Magazine, Summer 2020

14 QRCA VIEWS SUMMER 2020 www.qrca.org One could argue that in the past decade, due to the prevalence of smartphones and the rise of social media, protest simply became more visible, more widely and carefully documented or reported, so there is an impression of a rise. However, available data show an actual recent intensification in protests. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, a professor who studies social change and conflict at Vrije University in Amsterdam, recently reported in The Guardian that n GLOBAL n P eople have always protested; the term has a peril- ously wide definition. It doesn’t always include civil disobedience. When people vote in unexpected ways, or refuse to buy a product, or petition online, none of these break any laws or smash any windows. THE RISE OF A WORLDWIDE CULTURE OF PROTEST

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