The World Says No to War
Demonstrations against the War on Iraq
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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The first decade of this new century witnessed a number of events of globalimportance, from the World Trade Center bombing to the wave of terrorismthat followed, from the attack on the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistanto the war on Iraq, and from the electoral revolutions in the old Soviet blocto the expansion into that area of the European Union, followed by its con-...
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On February 15, 2003, following the global time zones from Australia in theEast to Seattle in the West, a massive flood of protest conquered the streetsthroughout the world. Millions of people in more than six hundred citiesworldwide protested against the imminent war on Iraq. This massive demon-stration was the culmination point of a sustained protest wave against the...
1. February 15, 2003: The World Says No to War
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On February 15, 2003, various slogans—“Not in my name!” “No war onIraq!” “Don’t attack Iraq!” “No blood for oil!” “The world says no to war!”—were the unifying mantras that echoed on the streets of more than six hun-dred cities throughout the world, on the marching cadence of ten to fifteenmillion protesters. Diehard activists shared the streets with citizens of all...
2. Political Opportunity Structures and Progressive Movement Sectors
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It is widely argued that social movements are influenced by stable structuralfeatures of the political systems in which they are embedded. This is our start -ing point. We are interested in these nation-specific structures that, via a setof intermediary variables, ultimately may have an impact on the size, forms,and other properties of the antiwar protests that are at the center of this...
3. Politics, Public Opinion, and the Media: The Issues and Context behind the Demonstrations
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February 15 was organized by a closely collaborating transnational networkof social movements. Demonstrations in all eight countries studied in thisvolume shared the same action repertoires, frames, and goals (see chapter 1).Yet, each country’s protest was organized by specific national movementsagainst the backdrop of specific national opportunities. It goes without say-...
4. Legacies from the Past: Eight Cycles of Peace Protest
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Although the protest against the war in Iraq can be studied in its own right,it is also a link in a much longer chain of protest events regarding issues ofpeace and war. Large protest movements proceed in cycles; periods of mobi-lization and demobilization alternate. That no mass mobilization takes placedoes not necessarily mean a movement has disappeared, because between...
5. New Activists or Old Leftists? The Demographics of Protesters
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This chapter analyzes the sociodemographic profile of the February 15 dem -onstrators. Who are they, in terms of age, sex, education, social class, andreligion? Since this cannot be answered without a comparative yardstick, wecan narrow down our quest to the specificities of the February 15 protesterswhen compared to other social groups. In more precise terms: Are the peace...
6. Peace Demonstrations or Antigovernment Marches? The Political Attitudes of the Protesters
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Why did so many people bother to demonstrate? The obvious answer seemsto be that they were opposed to the war in Iraq, but is this all there is to it?Was it solely opposition to the war, or was it also greater dissatisfaction inQuestions about dissatisfaction are the subject of grievance theory, whichattempts to account for the grievances that motivate people to take part in...
7. Paths to the February 15 Protest: Social or Political Determinants?
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This chapter analyzes the degrees and forms of participation among February15 demonstrators. The questions of participants’ previous experiences in anti-war demonstrations is particularly relevant, because of the very characteris-tics of the peace movements—small nuclei of committed pacifists—and thecapacity to at times mobilize very large and heterogeneous networks rooted in...
8. Boon or Burden? Antiwar Protest and Political Parties
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The enormous size of the demonstrations on February 15, 2003, gives riseto the question of whether this marks a turning point in the relationshipbetween protest and parties. Political protest has sometimes been seen as achallenge to representative democracy and the dominant role of politicalparties in aggregating political demands. Others regard protest behavior as...
9. Open and Closed Mobilization Patterns: The Role of Channels and Ties
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Mobilization can usefully be discussed in terms of the demand and supplymetaphor. “Demand” refers to the will of (a segment of ) the population toprotest and show its discontent, while “supply” refers to the oﬀer of a cer-tain collective action event staged by organizations and social movements.Mobilization brings demand and supply together. To be sure, this economic...
10. Promoting the Protest: The Organizational Embeddedness of the Demonstrators
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Although they have been frequently associated with peace movements (andunderstandably so), the February 15 demonstrations were, first of all, spe -cific protest events, as large and impressive as they were. As we know, therelationship between protest events and social movements is a complex one.Regardless of whether we define them as “sustained interactions between...
11. Crossing Political Divides: Communication, Political Identification, and Protest Organization
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The February 15 anti–Iraq War protests mobilized demonstrators from a widevariety of political backgrounds. For quite a few people, it was the first dem -onstration they had ever attended. Others were associated with single issuesor social movements, most notably peace organizations and related protestactivities. Large numbers of demonstrators had been involved in global social...
12. The Framing of Opposition to the War on Iraq
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Wording matters when it comes to influencing people’s hearts and minds.Many words and catchphrases are value-loaded. Because they have or evokepositive, negative, or ambivalent connotations and feelings, they are often care-fully chosen by actors in a political struggle, thus becoming part of a contestover naming, blaming, and framing (Gamson 1992). It seems that the more...
Conclusion: Studying Protest in Context
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On February 15, 2003, an unprecedented mass of people publicly expressedtheir indignation in hundreds of cities around the globe. About one monthlater, the United States and its allies did what the demonstrators had soughtto prevent: they invaded Iraq because of its alleged possession of weapons ofmass destruction. At least to the invaders, it seemed that this war would...
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This book studies collective action, and it largely draws on collective action.The volume is the result of eﬀorts by many people, not only those author-ing or coauthoring chapters. They were helped by a host of other people intheir respective countries. Although not authoring a chapter here, ManuelJimenez coordinated the data collection in Madrid; we are grateful to him...
Appendix A: Methodology of Protest Surveys in Eight Countries
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Appendix B: Media Content Analysis
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Series Page (cont'd)
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Volume 23 David S. Meyer, Valerie Jenness, and Helen Ingram, editors,Volume 22 Kurt Schock, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power MovementsVolume 21 Christian Davenport, Hank Johnston, and Carol Mueller, Volume 20 Nicole C. Raeburn, Changing Corporate America from InsideVolume 19 Vincent J. Roscigno and William F. Danaher, The Voice of...
Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Social Movements, Protest and Contention