Beyond the media’s radar: Introducing the Intifada Non-Media-Based Dataset

Eitan Y. Alimi*, Gregory M. Maney, Alon Burstein

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This article presents the Intifada Non-Media-Based Dataset (INMBD). Drawing primarily on the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) daily field reports, the INMBD contains day-level observations of wide-ranging types, modes, and forms of contentious events involving multitudes of parties and actors in the Israeli-Palestinian cycle of contention, known as the First Intifada (1987–1993). Each event–defined as a collective action, claim, message, or decision that pertain explicitly and directly to systems of authority that institutionally structure ethno-nationalist relations–comes with a date, short description, type, location, actors involved, and whether the events result in injury, fatality, and damage to property. After making a case for a new dataset, presenting the particularities of the dataset’s sources, structure, inclusion and coding rules, and discussing its limitations, we offer a descriptive illustration of the dataset’s potential uses, specifically an elaboration of the association between state repression and insurgent violence. The richness and distinctness of information INMBD contains facilitate the identification of the multifaceted, contingent, polyadic, and context-sensitive dynamics of cycles of conflict and contention.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)736-756
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Interactions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2019

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  • Intifada
  • State sources
  • contentious politics
  • media sources
  • repression
  • violence


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