Protests have over the years been used as a means of people expressing their disapproval of certain issues within societies. The protestors undertake to organizing demonstrations in a bid to enable them show their dissatisfaction through objecting to events that are of a particular nature of which they find different from the ones they are comfortable with (Denver, 42-67). Protests do take place at different levels and in different places. These include places like social organizations, schools and even the general population that might undertake to demonstrate against the elected authority. This paper looks at the concept of protest with an aim of giving an opinion and understanding over the same.
Sociologists have argued for and against protests based on different reasons. In the early 1990s, sociologists argue that protests and demonstrations were rampant as people saw them as a means of ensuring their collectiveness in behavior. In the United States, for example, this was a period that racism and other forms of segregation were rampant and the people who felt aggrieved engaged in protests and demonstrations as a way of collectively airing their dissatisfaction with the normal practices of racism and segregation.
Research studies have also shown that different people do undertake to demonstrate for different reasons. There are those who view it as a means of highlighting and addressing social issues within societies. Across the world, several communities and nations are faced with the challenge of protest (Reed, 7-35). The current crisis experienced in Ukraine erupted out of protests by the locals. The protestors were airing their dissatisfaction with their government. The protest has eventually resulted into a crisis that now involves not only the Ukrainians but other states. There are also other protests in other parts of the world currently going on.
Questions then arise as to why people still engage in protest, in this age and era when there are other avenues to channel their grievances. According to sociologists, the current protests are different from the earlier ones as those were based on labor movements (Reed, 15-56). Currently, protests have taken a different dimension and are more socially and politically inclined than previously. Scholars like Charles Tilly further argue that the new middle class has famed their mental attitude towards protests and demonstrations differently from the previous. It has further been shaped by the emergence of press that has provided several platforms that people engage in at different levels.
The engagement has ensured that there is a continuous exchange of ideas that in effect has an impact on the general population thus giving rise to a new bead of protestors based on their convictions on the said protests (Denver, 32-78). In concluding, therefore, the press is found to have the greatest bearing on the protest and demonstrations witnessed across the world as much of the information is shared through the press. A clear example is the protests that swept through the Arab world. It is through the press that the information on organizations of protests and the need to liberate people that other Arab countries got wind of what was happening in their sister countries thus spurring seriously of protest within the Arab world.
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