The Maidan in Movement: Diversity and the Cycles of Protest

Olga Onuch, Gwendolyn Sasse

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The Maidan protests provide us with insights into Ukrainian society and the dynamics of mobilisation more generally. Based on the EuroMaidan Protest Participant Survey, on-site rapid interviews with protesters, interviews with politicians, activists and journalists, and focus groups with ordinary citizens and activists, this essay maps the actors, claims and frames of each phase in the protest cycle. It highlights the diversity of actors and the inability of activists and party leaders to coordinate as the central features of the protests. Our analysis reveals the fluid and contingent nature of cleavages commonly portrayed as fixed and politically salient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556
Number of pages587
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016


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