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A Post-contentious Turning Point for the Contentious French? Crisis Without Protest in France

  • Didier Chabanet
  • Manlio Cinalli
  • Anne Muxel
  • Steven M. Van Hauwaert
  • Thierry Vedel
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

This chapter shows that the ‘contentious French’ may not be that contentious anymore. The economic crisis provides a unique chance to argue that a post-contentious turning point is emerging in spite of a long-standing tradition of protesting. Yet the chapter suggests that this post-contentious turning point is not bringing about acquiescence but opens space for new forms of political participation, especially in connection with resources acquired through employment and educational track. In this case, we find a more extensive engagement in online activism and non-institutional forms of political participation, that is, the two forms of political participation that are less ‘active’ and require a more modest time commitment. These findings are also put in the broader context of contemporary French politics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Didier Chabanet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Manlio Cinalli
    • 1
  • Anne Muxel
    • 1
  • Steven M. Van Hauwaert
    • 3
  • Thierry Vedel
    • 1
  1. 1.CEVIPOFSciences PoParisFrance
  2. 2.IDRAC Lyon and Triangle (Ecole Normale Supérieure)LyonFrance
  3. 3.University of MainzMainzGermany

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