The sociological role of collective singing during intense moments of protest: The disengagement from the Gaza Strip

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Abstract

Collective singing has been viewed as an important sociological component in the literature written about social movements. However, it has seldom been the explicit focus of examination. This study analyses the use of collective singing during the intense moments of the Yesha movement protest against Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Content analysis of interviews with 14 protesters and 14 security force members (SFMs) shows that protesters used collective singing to evoke emotions that would help them raise morale, vent negative emotions, strengthen solidarity, experience spiritual transcendence, foster hope, empower themselves, mourn and achieve closeness to the SFMs. The results are discussed in the light of sociological theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-257
Number of pages17
JournalSociology
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Collective singing
  • Israeli disengagement
  • Protest songs
  • Social movements

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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