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Séamus Power @SeamusAPower
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The Deprivation-Protest Paradox: How the Perception of Unfair Economic Inequality Leads to Civic Unrest.

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Comments on the lead article by Sarah Awad & Brady Wagoner ( @BradyWagoner ) Aalborg; Beverly Conrique & Faye Crosby @ucsc ; Danny Dorling ( @dannydorling ) @UniofOxford
Serena Hagerty and Michael Norton @HarvardHBS ; Pinky Hota @smithcollege ; Michael Jindra ( @mjindra1) @BU_Tweets ; Fathali Moghaddam @Georgetown
The main article explains why Irish people, who endured austerity as the economy collapsed in 2008, protested en masse during a stark economic recovery when a new charge on water was introduced in 2014
The series of trans-disciplinary comments expand upon the Irish case study. My reply develops a tipping point theory of civic unrest by examining the conditions under which tolerance for inequality give way to intolerance
I have been thinking of this paper in relation to the #YellowVest movement in France, subsequent social movements in Ireland, and why there are not more mass demonstrations in the USA, despite anger, frustration, and sense of unfairness.
The research might also be of interest to journalists writing about similar social & political issues e.g. @fotoole @B_resnick @ciaraky @TheBusinessRTE @SorchaHeron @evelyn_orourke @rubinafillion @davidmurphyRTE @ITjohnmcmanus @ChristineBohan @davidcochrane @MartinaFitzg
Special thanks to @UChicagoPress for the production work, and particularly the folks at Current Anthropology; and to @UChicago @UChicagoSSD @CompHumDev
Feel free to email for a pdf of the paper seamusapower (at)
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