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Title:Understanding protest action: some data collection challenges for South Africa
Authors:Nyar, AnnsillaISNI
Wray, Chris
Year:2012
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-7696)
Issue:80
Pages:22-43
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:protest
public services
databases
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v080/80.nyar.pdf
Abstract:The focus of this paper is a particular set of actions in South Africa which have become broadly known as 'service delivery' protests. It considers various protest datasets currently being used to inform understandings of 'service delivery' protest action. Two of these data sources are generated by state institutions, namely, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Spatial Viewer on Protest Actions (SPAVOPA) maintained by the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), one is generated by Municipal IQ, a private research company, and one is from an activist based source, the Centre for Civil Society (CCS). The limitations of each of these databases are highlighted and discussed in order to stimulate thinking about the possible development of independent, critical and accessible sources of protest data. Recommendations are made as to the improvement of quantitative data sources on protest action. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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