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University of ConnecticutSocial Psychology Prof. Colin Wayne Leach, Ph.D.


Protest / Collective Action

Although people sometimes accept inequality, and sometimes see it is legitimate, when inequality is seen as unfair it is often opposed.  We have been examining for some time the emotional and other bases of disagreeing with – and protesting against – inequality seen as unfair.  We are interested in “protest from below” (from the disadvantaged) as well as “protest from above” (from the advantaged).  However, the advantaged and the disadvantaged seem to protest for somewhat different reasons and in somewhat different ways.

Opposing Illegitimate Inequality

Anger and Efficacy as Routes to Protest