The Demographics of the Mobilized: The Core Constituency of the Protests

Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)


Analyzing statistics and survey data on the social composition of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, Kumkar identifies the class-generational units from which the participants of these protests were drawn and reconstructs the specific socioeconomic developments those social groups were exposed to in the last two decades. He shows that the older cohorts of the classical petty bourgeoisie, from which the Tea Party was recruited, experienced a darkening of their economic expectations, while the young, new petty bourgeoisie, from which the core constituency of Occupy Wall Street recruited itself, was confronted with a rapid devaluation of cultural capital and a blocked entry into biographically anticipated career paths. These findings help to understand the different practices and geographical patterns of the two protest mobilizations.


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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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