Constructing political opportunity: 1987-the Palestinian year of discontent

Eitan Y. Alimi*

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This article challenges the portrayal of the 1987 Palestinian Intifada os a spontaneous, sudden outburst of contention. Drawing on content analysis data obtained from several Palestinian print news media sources (N=84), it is suggested that a Palestinian shared perception regarding ripe conditions to rebel was constructed throughout 1987. The findings indicate that throughout 1987 there was (a) a significant gradual increase in calls for action and (b) a convergence among newspapers representing various political factions of the Palestinian movement regarding a framing process of an opportunity to act contentiously. Such findings support recent calls in social movement literature to integrate perceptual with structural aspects.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006


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