Strategic Assemblies: Trade-offs and Dilemmas for Social Movements

Anna Zhelnina, James M. Jasper

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Abstract

Peaceful assemblies are a broad strategy used by strategic players for a variety of purposes, and they are notably central to contemporary social movements. Like all strategic decisions they harbour a number of trade-offs and dilemmas, which the authors attempt to identify in this chapter. Foremost is the issue of how disruptive to be, with one extreme being to give up peacefulness altogether. Other dilemmas involve trade-offs between impacts on different audiences. Most observers view peacefulness as an inherently good thing, but we must remember that it comes with costs, making peaceful assemblies more predictable and less threatening to others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Assembly
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780197674901
ISBN (Print)9780197674871
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2024

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