Connective or collective?

The intersection between online crowds and social movements in contemporary activism

Authored by: Anastasia Kavada

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
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The rise of more flexible, decentralized and individualized forms of activism has prompted a rethinking of the ‘collective’ in collective action. Scholars highlight the vital role played by social media in current mobilizations, emphasizing the socio-technical and communicative character of contemporary activism (Bennett & Segerberg 2013; Dolata & Schrape 2016; Flanagin, Stohl & Bimber 2006; Kavada 2016; Mattoni & Treré 2014). However, they seem to disagree on the types of collectives facilitated by social media.

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