publication . Article . 2016

Social identity formation during Occupy Wall Street

Laura G. E. Smith;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Jan 2016
  • Country: United Kingdom
The Occupy movement made a series of local ‘sit-ins’ in cities across the world in response to financial and political injustices. Prior to the movement’s emergence, the Internet provided a transnational forum for people across the world to discuss their opinions and coalesce about the financial and political context. Here, we analyze 5,343 posts on the ‘#OccupyWallStreet’ Facebook event page to identify linguistic markers of shared social identity formation.<br/>Results suggest that discussants formed a shared identity if they agreed on both the desired change (the injunctive norm, ‘revoke corporate personhood’) and the pre-defined action (occupy Wall Street). ...
free text keywords: Mass movements/collective, Social movements, Collective action, social identity, Social Psychology
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