This book offers an interdisciplinary set of contributions from leading scholars, and explores the complex relationship between media, technology and social movements. It provides a valuable resource for scholars and students working in this rapidly developing field.
Providing theoretical engagement with contemporary debates in the field of social movements and new media, the book also includes a theoretical overview of central contemporary debates, a re-evaluation of theories of social movement communication, and a critical overview of media ecology and media approaches in social movement scholarship. The theoretical contributions are also developed though empirical case studies from around the world, including the use of Facebook in student protests in the UK, the way power operates in Anonymous, the "politics of mundanity" in China, the emotional dynamics on Twitter of India’s Nirbhaya protest, and analysis of Twitter networks in the transnational feminist campaign ‘Take Back The Tech!’. This book was originally published as a special issue of Social Movement Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Navigating the technology-media-movements complex Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Kevin Gillan
2. Complex contention: analyzing power dynamics within Anonymous Justus Uitermark
3. From ‘moments of madness’ to ‘the politics of mundanity’ – researching digital media and contentious collective actions in China Jun Liu
4. The integrative power of online collective action networks beyond protest: Exploring social media use in the process of institutionalization Elena Pavan
5. Tweeting India’s Nirbhaya protest: a study of emotional dynamics in an online social movement Saifuddin Ahmed, Kokil Jaidka and Jaeho Cho
6. Open networks and secret Facebook groups: exploring cycle effects on activists’ social media use in the 2010/11 UK student protests Alexander Hensby
7. The new information frontier: toward a more nuanced view of social movement communication Jennifer Earl and R. Kelly Garrett
8. A situated understanding of digital technologies in social movements: Media ecology and media practice approaches Alice Mattoni
Cristina Flesher Fominaya is co-Editor in Chief of Social Movement Studies, a Founding Editor of Interface Journal, and author of Social Movements and Globalization (2014). She is Reader in Social Politics and Media at Loughborough University, UK. She publishes widely on European and global social movements, hybrid parties, digital politics and media, collective identity, democracy, autonomy, and political participation.
Kevin Gillan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK, and co-Editor in Chief of Social Movement Studies. His work focuses on the generation and communication of alternative conceptions of political economy within social movements. He is currently writing a book entitled How Capitalism Matters: Economy, Polity, Society.