Digitally Enabled Social Change Activism in the Internet Age

by Jennifer Earl, Katrina Kimport

Part of the Digitally Enabled Social Change Series

Digitally Enabled Social Change Activism in the Internet Age Synopsis

An investigation into how specific Web technologies can change the dynamics of organizing and participating in political and social protest. 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 Digitally Enabled Social Change, Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport examine key characteristics of web activism and investigate their impacts on organizing and participation. Earl and Kimport 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. Drawing on evidence from samples of online petitions, boycotts, and letter-writing and e-mailing campaigns, Earl and Kimport show that the more these affordances are leveraged, the more transformative the changes to organizing and participating in protest.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780262525060
Publication date: 16th August 2013
Author: Jennifer Earl, Katrina Kimport
Publisher: MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Political activism, Internet: general works ,

About Jennifer Earl, Katrina Kimport

Katrina Kimport is Assistant Professor with ANSIRH, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco.

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