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En spricka i den arabiska fasaden?: En studie om hur protesterna i arabvärlden uppstod 2010-2011
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A Crack in the Arabic Front? : A study of how the protests emerged in the Arab world 2010-2011 (English)
Abstract [en]

The Arab World has always been unique because no democracies have existed here in spite of thefact that liberal demorcacies have spread to all the other regions in the world. By the end of 2010 acrack in the, previosly stable, arabic front could be distuingished. Protests against the regime inTunisia emerged after the police confiscated the goods of a merchant without the proper permits.Four months later similar protests had emerged in 14 of 16 Arab countries. The question thatfollows is therefore if the protests indicate a diffusion of the Tunisian protests or if each protest is aunique process.

The purpose with thisstudy is to clarify if theory of diffusion is able to explain the rise of protestsin the Arab World. This is possible by examining if Brinks and Coppedges (2006) theory ofneighbor emulation is applicable on social networks that are not solely based on geographicproximity. The study is conducted by answering a set of questions through both a statistical surveyand through an analysis of articles published by The Guardian.

The conclusions show that there are evident signs that the Arab World was hit by a diffusion of theTunisian protests because the line of action is identical in several other countries. Anotherconclusion is that the formula designed by Brinks and Coppedge (2006) is applicable on othersocial networks and that neighbor emulation is evident also in networks that are solely constitutedby contigous neighbors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Diffusion, Neighbor emulation, Arab world
Keyword [sv]
Diffusion, Arabvärlden, protest
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-7630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-7630DiVA: diva2:424237
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Political Science
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-06-20 Created: 2011-06-17 Last updated: 2011-06-20Bibliographically approved

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