publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Open networks and secret Facebook groups: exploring cycle effects on activists’ social media use in the 2010/11 UK student protests

Hensby, Alexander;
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  • Published: 30 Jun 2016 Journal: Social Movement Studies, volume 16, pages 466-478 (issn: 1474-2837, eissn: 1474-2829, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Much has been written in recent years about the growing impact of social media on social movements. While authors have extolled the virtues of Facebook and Twitter as organisational and informational tools for a range of movements from the Arab Spring to Occupy, evidence remains patchy as to under what conditions social media is most effective at engaging and mobilising the wider public. Drawing on the work of Tarrow, this article considers the impact of cycle effects on the effectiveness of social media as a mobilising and organising tool for the 2010/11 U.K. student protests. Although preceding the broader ‘movement of the squares’ contention cycle, the protes...
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free text keywords: Sociology, Social movement, Collective identity, Social media, Social science, Mainstream, Protest cycle, H, HM, J
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Open networks and secret Facebook groups: exploring cycle effects on activists’ social media use in the 2010/11 UK student protests

Hensby, Alexander;