Student Research Projects
When It Goes Down: State Violence and Social Movements
Dr. Aubrey Westfall|
This research project is looking at the relationships between social movements and the state's use of violence in response to those social movements. Based on the literature, I have developed two hypotheses that attempt to explain these violent responses by the state to social movements. The first hypothesis is that the type of government (authoritarian or democratic) has a direct relationship to the level and severity of violence used in response to social movements. The second hypothesis is that, based on the number of students involved in a social movement, the level of violence used by the state will increase along with the number of students in a social movement.