In this essay, you will try to explain the variation in the repertoire of contention in two episodes of contention regarding similar issues.

Instructions

  1. Choose two episodes of contentions focused on a similar issue. For example, you could choose episodes of contention focused on say, teacher's pay in two different countries, or the Israeli-Palestinian issue, or the effects of globalization, or a disputed election, or any other similar issue.
  2. Describe the repertoire of contention used in each episode, and note any differences between them. For example, in country (or place) X protesters used tactics A, B, and C, while in country Y they used tactics D, E, and F, even though they were advancing very similar claims (e.g., higher pay for teachers, or a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, or similar).
  3. Are there any elements of these repertoires particularly innovative? Are there any elements borrowed from other repertoires?
  4. Why is the repertoire of contention in each case similar/different? For example, why did protesters disputing an election in country X resort to violence but not in country Y? Or why did protesters in countries X and Y use very similar tactics to advance a particular claim even though the regimes and situations seem superficially very different?
  5. Optional Use this page to share your cases, summarize your conclusions, and get feedback from your peers.

Results and further discussion

Use this page to share your cases, summarize your conclusions, and get feedback from your peers.

Resources

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