Political Turbulence

How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Author: Helen Margetts,Peter John,Scott Hale,Taha Yasseri

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691177929

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing, or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighborhood campaigns to global political movements. Political Turbulence reveals that, in fact, most attempts at collective action online do not succeed, but some give rise to huge mobilizations—even revolutions. Drawing on large-scale data generated from the Internet and real-world events, this book shows how mobilizations that succeed are unpredictable, unstable, and often unsustainable. To better understand this unruly new force in the political world, the authors use experiments that test how social media influence citizens deciding whether or not to participate. They show how different personality types react to social influences and identify which types of people are willing to participate at an early stage in a mobilization when there are few supporters or signals of viability. The authors argue that pluralism is the model of democracy that is emerging in the social media age—not the ordered, organized vision of early pluralists, but a chaotic, turbulent form of politics. This book demonstrates how data science and experimentation with social data can provide a methodological toolkit for understanding, shaping, and perhaps even predicting the outcomes of this democratic turbulence.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Author: Jean Burgess,Alice Marwick,Thomas Poell

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473995795

Category: Social Science

Page: 662

View: 1226


The world is in the midst of a social media paradigm. Once viewed as trivial and peripheral, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WeChat have become an important part of the information and communication infrastructure of society. They are bound up with business and politics as well as everyday life, work, and personal relationships. This international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in the study of social media. It contains substantial chapters written especially for this book by leading scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives, covering everything from computational social science to sexual self-expression. Part 1: Histories And Pre-Histories Part 2: Approaches And Methods Part 3: Platforms, Technologies And Business Models Part 4: Cultures And Practices Part 5: Social And Economic Domains

The Revolution That Wasn’t

How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

Author: Jen Schradie

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674972333

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 466


In this counterintuitive study of digital democracy, Jen Schradie shows how the web has become another weapon in the arsenal of the powerful, and a potent weapon for conservative activists. Rather than leveling the playing field, the internet has tilted it in favor of the Right, where only the most sophisticated and well-funded players can compete.

Sub-National Democracy and Politics Through Social Media

Author: Mehmet Zahid Sobacı,İbrahim Hatipoğlu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319733869

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

View: 2035


This book analyzes the impact of social media on democracy and politics at the sub-national level in developed and developing countries. Over the last decade or so, social media has transformed politics. Offering political actors opportunities to organize, mobilize, and connect with constituents, voters, and supporters, social media has become an important tool in global politics as well as a force for democracy. Most of the available research literature focuses on the impact of social media at the national level; this book fills that gap by analyzing the political uses of social media at the sub-national level. The book is divided into two parts. Part One, “Social Media for Democracy” includes chapters that analyze potential contributions of social media tools to the realizing of basic values of democracy, such as public engagement, transparency, accountability, participation and collaboration at the sub-national level. Part Two, “Social Media in Politics” focuses on the use of social media tools by political actors in political processes and activities (online campaigns, protests etc.) at the local, regional and state government levels during election and non-election periods. Combining theoretical and empirical analysis, each chapter provides evaluations of overarching issues, questions, and problems as well as real-world experiences with social media, politics, and democracy in a diverse sample of municipalities. This volume will be of use to graduate students, academicians, and researchers, in several disciplines and fields, such as public administration, political science, ICT, sociology, communication studies and public policy as well as politicians and practitioners.

Politicians on Social Media

Author: Pete Schauer

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1534503331

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 3170


The rise of social media has changed politics forever. No longer must citizens go through the trouble of writing letters to their representatives to be heard. In turn, politicians have been given a direct line to their constituents. Is this accessibility an asset or a liability? How has the use of social media changed the campaign and election process? What happens when the president blocks you on Twitter? The thought-provoking viewpoints in this volume explore the finer points of a newly emerging controversy.

Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratisation in Guatemala

1985 - 1996

Author: Roderick Leslie Brett

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004165525

Category: Political Science

Page: 229

View: 4663


Drawing on social movement theory, this book presents a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of collective action during Guatemalaa (TM)s democratic transition (1985-1996) and the accompanying impact of social movements on democratisation, focusing on three indigenous peoplesa (TM) social movement organisations.

Social Movements

Perspectives and Issues

Author: Steven M. Buechler,F. Kurt Cylke

Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781559345699

Category: Social Science

Page: 578

View: 4718


Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, the editors have chosen readings that reflect the major approaches and central debates in the field of social movement.