High and low-risk activism: Differential participation in a refugee solidarity movement
Peter Gundelach, professor emeritus, and Jonas Toubøl, post doc, have recently contributed to the Journal 'Mobilization' with the publication 'High and low-risk activism: Differential participation in a refugee solidarity movement'.
The article presents a quantitative study of differential participation in low- and high-risk activism in the Danish refugee solidarity movement. Distinguishing between low- and high-risk activism, it shows the fruitfulness of combining what are often considered competing theoretical explanations related to values, microstructures, and emotions.
The results show that low- and high-risk participation strongly correlate, but are influenced by different factors. For low-risk activities, the most important factors are emotional reactions, structural availability, and predispositions in the form of basic human values. For high-risk activity, the important factors are prior history of activism and emotional reaction.