Predictors of Protest Among Anti-Globalization Demonstrators

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Jim Cameron, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3. E-mail: jim.cameron@smu.ca

Abstract

Anti-globalization protest is analyzed as a function of ideological opposition to social hierarchy and identification with the social movement. Demonstrators (N = 145) at the Summit of the Americas in Québec City in April 2001 completed measures of social dominance orientation (SDO), social identification with the anti-globalization movement, and the likelihood of engaging in various protest behaviors. Results supported the hypothesis that social identification mediates the link between SDO and inclinations toward 2 forms of collective action (anti-globalization protest and indirect protest), whereas non-normative protest tended to be endorsed most strongly by male demonstrators. These relationships inform theoretical perspectives on politicized collective identity and the social psychology of social movement participation.

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