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The Resource Digitally enabled social change : activism in the Internet age, Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

Digitally enabled social change : activism in the Internet age, Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

Label
Digitally enabled social change : activism in the Internet age
Title
Digitally enabled social change
Title remainder
activism in the Internet age
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Much attention has been paid in recent years to the emergence of "Internet activism," but scholars and pundits disagree about whether online political activity is different in kind from more traditional forms of activism. Does the global reach and blazing speed of the Internet affect the essential character or dynamics of online political protest? In this book the authors examine key characteristics of Web activism and investigate their impacts on organizing and participation. They argue that the Web offers two key affordances relevant to activism: sharply reduced costs for creating, organizing, and participating in protest; and the decreased need for activists to be physically together in order to act together. A rally can be organized and demonstrators recruited entirely online, without the cost of printing and mailing; an activist can create an online petition in minutes and gather e-signatures from coast to coast using only her laptop. Drawing on evidence from samples of online petitions, boycotts, and letter-writing and e-mailing campaigns, they show that the more these affordances are leveraged, the more transformative the changes to organizing and participating in protest; the less these affordances are leveraged, the more superficial the changes. The rally organizers, for example, can save money on communication and coordination, but the project of staging the rally remains essentially the same. Tools that allow a single activist to create and circulate a petition entirely online, however, enable more radical changes in the process. The transformative nature of these changes, they suggest, demonstrate the need to revisit long-standing theoretical assumptions about social movements
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DLC
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1974-
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Earl, Jennifer
Dewey number
303.48/40285
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM851
LC item number
.E23 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kimport, Katrina
Series statement
Acting with technology
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Internet
  • Online social networks
  • Social action
  • Social movements
  • Social change
  • Internet and activism
Label
Digitally enabled social change : activism in the Internet age, Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where we have been and where we are headed -- The look and feel of e-tactics and their Web sites -- Tacking action on the cheap: costs and participation -- Making action on the cheap: costs and organizing -- Being together versus working together : copresence in participation -- From power in numbers to power laws: copresence in organizing -- A new digital repertoire of contention?
Control code
639573767
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9780262015103
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010021113
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)639573767
Label
Digitally enabled social change : activism in the Internet age, Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Where we have been and where we are headed -- The look and feel of e-tactics and their Web sites -- Tacking action on the cheap: costs and participation -- Making action on the cheap: costs and organizing -- Being together versus working together : copresence in participation -- From power in numbers to power laws: copresence in organizing -- A new digital repertoire of contention?
Control code
639573767
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9780262015103
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010021113
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)639573767

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