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date: 22 April 2021

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This chapter is devoted to the mechanisms of engagement and disengagement in collective action as they are currently conceived in social and political psychology. Dynamics of collective action are decomposed into dynamics of demand, supply, and mobilization. Dynamics of demand are about people and their motives, dynamics of supply about organizations and their appeals, and dynamics of mobilization about the convergence of demand and supply. So far, the core business of political psychology has been the demand side of protest. This chapter describes five core concepts affecting collective action participation: grievances, efficacy, identity, emotions, and embeddedness. As for the supply side of protest and mobilization, psychosociological research lines (framing, the perceptions of the sociopolitical context, and the role of social media for dynamics of mobilization and participation) are discussed. The chapter closes with a discussion of new directions research methodology has taken.

Keywords: social movement, participation, disengagement, engagement, collective action, dynamics, demand and supply, protest, mobilization, grievances, efficacy, identity, emotions, embeddedness

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