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Social Movements and New Technology

Social Movements and New Technology

The emergence of new information communication technologies—such as the Internet and social media networking sites and platforms—has strongly affected social movement activism. In this compelling and timely book, Victoria Carty examines these movements and their uses of digital technologies within the context of social movement theory and history.

With an accessible and unique mix of theory and real-world examples, Social Movements and New Technology takes readers on a tour through MoveOn and Tea Party e-mail campaigns, the hacktavist tactics of Anonymous, global online protests against rapists and rape culture, and the tweets and Facebook pages that accompanied uprisings across the Arab world, Europe, and the United States. In each case study, the reader is invited to examine the movement, organization or protest and their use of digital tools through the lens of social movement theory. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter invite critical thinking and further reflection and debate.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology

On Sale: January 27th 2015

Price: $19.99

Page Count: 224

ISBN-13: 9780813345871

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Praise

“Victoria Carty's book offers us a fresh look to burning questions on political change, social movements and the Internet in a globalized world. The recent explosion of social media as a tool to help topple dictators and oppressive regimes in the 21st century has drastically changed how human rights advocates and social activists mobilize their resources for collective action and operate on the ground. Carty captures these tectonic shifts in societies across the globe, introducing an innovative theoretical framework illustrated by contemporary case studies. She provides students and scholars of social movements with a unique, in-depth, and thought-provoking analysis of current changes in contentious politics around the world.”
Arnaud Kurze, Montclair State University

Social Movements and New Technology is a very concise and accessible overview of the cutting-edge use of digital technology by the most newsworthy social movements to have emerged around the globe in recent years.”
Jennifer Johnson, Kenyon College
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