Social Media, Politics and the State: Protests, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Social Media, Politics and the State

Protests, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniel Trottier, Christian Fuchs


252 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book is the essential guide for understanding how state power and politics are contested and exercised on social media. It brings together contributions by social media scholars who explore the connection of social media with revolutions, uprising, protests, power and counter-power, hacktivism, the state, policing and surveillance. It shows how collective action and state power are related and conflict as two dialectical sides of social media power, and how power and counter-power are distributed in this dialectic. Theoretically focused and empirically rigorous research considers the two-sided contradictory nature of power in relation to social media and politics. Chapters cover social media in the context of phenomena such as contemporary revolutions in Egypt and other countries, populism 2.0, anti-austerity protests, the fascist movement in Greece's crisis, Anonymous and police surveillance.

Table of Contents

Section One: Introductions 1. Theorising Social Media, Politics and the State: An Introduction Daniel Trottier and Christian Fuchs 2. Social Networking Sites in Pro-democracy and Anti-austerity Protests: Some Thoughts from a Social Movement Perspective Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni Section Two: Global and Civil Counter-Power 3. Populism 2.0: Social Media Activism, the Generic Internet User and Plebiscitary Digital Democracy Paolo Gerbaudo 4. Anonymous: Hacktivism and Contemporary Politics Christian Fuchs Section Three: Civil Counter-Power Against Austerity 5. Web 2.0 Nazi Propaganda: Golden Dawn’s Affect, Spectacle and Identity Constructions in Social Media Panos Kompatsiaris and Yiannis Mylonas 6. More Than an Electronic Soapbox: Activist Web Presence as a Collective Action Frame, Newspaper Source and Police Surveillance Tool During the London G20 Protests in 2009 Jonathan Cable 7. Assemblages: Live Streaming Dissent in the 'Quebec Spring' Elise Danielle Thorburn Section Four: Contested and Toppled State Power 8. Creating Spaces for Dissent: The Role of Social Media in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution Sara Salem 9. Social Media Activism and State Censorship Thomas Poell Section Five: State Power as Policing and Intelligence 10. Vigilantism and Power Users: Police and User-Led Investigations on Social Media Daniel Trottier 11. Police 'Image Work' in an Era of Social Media: YouTube and the 2007 Montebello Summit Protest Christopher J. Schneider

About the Editors

Daniel Trottier is a postdoctoral fellow in social and digital media at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster.

Christian Fuchs is a professor of social media at the University of Westminster.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

The planet is being transformed by technical change and in particular by the speed of development in information technology. This series brings together the latest research on the social impact of IT and seeks to provide a broad range of case studies and comparative analysis of this phenomena and how it is changing our lives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Web / Social Networking
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General