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Challenges of Conducting Survey Research Related to a Social Protest Movement: Lessons Learned from a Study of Gezi Protests Involving the Turkish Diaspora in Three European Countries

Christine Ogan, Roya Imani Giglou, & Leen díHaenens

Research on social protest movements raises many complicated methodological issues. This article systematically explains the methodological quandaries the authors confronted when studying demonstrations and online and offline activism by ethnic Turks in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands in support of the Gezi Park protesters in Turkey. It explains how participants were recruited and surveyed in this complex and extremely sensitive environment. It offers lessons learned that can be applied to other studies involving surveys of ethnic minorities engaged in social protest movements. More generally, they may also apply to surveys of any vulnerable population about sensitive issues.


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