ERIC Number: ED223496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Spectre Haunting: New Dimensions of Youth Protest in Western Europe. Occasional Paper 8208.
Mushaben, Joyce Marie
European protest movements of the eighties are analyzed and compared to the dissident movements of the sixties and seventies. The focus is on the peace, anti-nuclear, and ecology movements, the drive for autonomous youth centers in Switzerland, racial disturbances in Britain, and unrest among the urban squatters in the German Federal Republic. Six dimensions of each of these social rebellions are analyzed: the substantive dimensions of depoliticization, postmaterialism, and nationalism and the strategic dimensions of radicalization, decentralization, and institutionalization of protest. Data were collected through participant observation at demonstrations, walking tours through affected neighborhoods, informal interviews with people inside and outside the scene, media analyses, and literature searches. Findings show that protests of the eighties were more violent than those of earlier decades. Willingness to engage in the process of system transformation is declining among protestors aged 15-24 and growing among those old enough to have witnessed or participated in the movements of the sixties. Both the young and the old, however, pose a significant challenge to the established political parties in West European systems. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., St. Louis. Center for International Studies.
Identifiers: Europe (West); Germany; Great Britain; Switzerland
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Denver, CO, September 2-5, 1982). Tables may not reproduce clearly due to small print type. Financial support for this research project was provided by the German Academic Exchange Service.