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Title: Networks of Contention: The Shape of Online Transnationalism in Early Twenty-First Century Social Movement Coalitions
Authors: Vicari, Stefania
First Published: 19-Sep-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Social Movement Studies, 2014, 13 (1), pp 92 - 109
Abstract: The study of new media use by transnational social movements is central to contemporary investigations of social contention. In order to shed light on the terrain in which the most recent examples of online mobilization have grown and developed, this paper combines the interest in the transnational dynamics of social contention and the exploration of the use of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for protest action. In specific terms, the study investigates how early twenty-first century social movement coalitions used Internet tools to build symbolically transnational collective identities. By applying a hyperlink network analysis approach, the study focuses on a website network generated by local chapters of the World Social Forum (WSF), one of the earliest social movement coalitions for global justice. The sample network, selected through snowball sampling, is composed of 222 social forum websites from around the world. The study specifically looks at hyperlinks among social forum websites as signs of belonging and potential means of alliance. The analysis uses network measures, namely of cohesion, centrality, structural equivalence and homophily, to test dynamics of symbolic collective identification underlying the WSF coalition. The findings show that in early twenty-first century transnational contention, culture and place still played a central role in the emergence of transnational movement networks.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14742837.2013.832621
ISSN: 1474-2837
eISSN: 1474-2829
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis 2013. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Social Movement Studies, 2013, in press (© Taylor & Francis), available online at:
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