Thinking About Differential Participation

Now that the bulk of American Resistance is drafted, I will be spending the next few months leading up to the midterm elections updating and revising the chapters (which will involve some new data collection).

In addition, I am currently working on a paper that focuses specifically on the differential rates of participation at the various protest events since the Resistance began.  This table presents the rates of differential participation across the protest events. Although one of the hallmarks of this current wave of contention is the fact that people are turning out again-and-again for protest events focused around different progressive issues, there is quite a bit of variation among first-timer participation at the various protest events (see this piece in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog for a discussion of the Families Belong Together Event).  The paper discusses how we can understand these varied rates of participation more clearly.