≪Organizer Abstract≫
The Arab uprisings of 2011 and the subsequent turmoil have attracted much attention and speculations, but little is offered in terms of empirical data to explain collective action and group dynamics in the region. We propose to explore the socio-political landscape of the Arab world through the inspection of three waves of surveys (Arab Opinion Index, 2011, 2012, 2014) assessing the views of over 60,000 participants representing 85% of the Arab populations. In addition, we present several papers exploring 1) the role played by risk perceptions in shaping collective action within the repressive context of Egypt in 2013, 2) the predictors of support for an Islamic State (e.g. ISIS) and Islamic law in north Lebanon, and 3) the effects of dehumanization perceptions on reciprocal dehumanization and support for collective action in Arab samples. This symposium offers a global view of a nascent socio-political research effort in the Arab region.
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