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Title: Transnational anti-war activism: solidarity, diversity and the internet in Australia, Britain and the United States after 9/11.
Authors: Gillan, Kevin
Pickerill, Jenny
First Published: 1-Mar-2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2008, 43 (1), pp. 59-78.
Abstract: The upsurge in activism opposing wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq appears to represent a significant process of transnational collective action. Using data collected through participant observation, interviews and website analysis this paper explores the role of the Internet in facilitating transnational activism between Australia, Britain and the United States. This research confirms Tarrow’s (2005a) assertion of ‘rooted cosmopolitanism’ – a primary commitment to locally contextualised action combined with a desire for transnational support. The Internet is used primarily for gathering news and for sharing symbolic expressions of solidarity. In Australia in particular, with fewer domestic anti-war resources online, international networking proves particularly useful. To an extent, online networks reach across both political diversity and geographical boundaries. However, online resources do not appear to enable the more personal connections required to build stable, working coalitions across borders.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10361140701842573
ISSN: 1036-1146
Type: Article
Rights: This is the author's final draft of the paper published as Australian Journal of Political Science, 2008, 43 (1), pp. 59-78. The final version is available from Doi: 10.1080/10361140701842573
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