Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice

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MARTHA MCCAUGHEY, Michael D. Ayers
Routledge, Aug 21, 2013 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Cyberactivism is a timely collection of essays examining the growing importance of online activism. The contributors show how online activists have not only incorporated recent technology as a tool for change, but also how they have changed the meaning of activism, what community means, and how they conceive of collective identity and democratic change. Topics addressed range from the Zapatista movement's use of the web to promote their cause globally to the establishment of alternative media sources like indymedia.org to the direct action of "hacktivists" who disrupt commercial computer networks. Cyberactivism is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the impact of the Internet on politics today.
 

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Contents

Internet Protests from Text to Web Laura J Gurak and John Logie
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Indymediaorg A New Communications Commons Dorothy Kidd
47
Classifying Forms of Online Activism The Case of Cyberprotests against the World Bank Sandor Vegh
71
How the Internet Contributes to Civic Engagement and New Forms of Social Capital Larry El in
97
Democracy New Social Movements and the Internet A Habermasian Analysis Lee Salter
117
Comparing Collective Identity in Online and Offline Feminist Activists Michael D Ayers
145
Mapping Networks of Support for the Zapatista Movement Applying SocialNetworks Analysis to Study Contemporary Social Movements Maria Garr...
165
Identifying with Information Citizen Empowerment the Internet and the Environmental AntiToxins Movement Wyatt Galusky
185
Wiring Human Rights Activism Amnesty International and the Challenges of Information and Communication Technologies Joanne Lebert
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Ethnic Online Communities Between Profit and Purpose Steven McLaine
233
Gay Media Inc Media Structures the New Gay Conglomerates and Collective Sexual Identities Joshua Gamson
255
Current Directions and Future Questions David Silver
279
About the Contributors
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Index
299
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Martha McCaughey is Associate Professor and Director of Women's Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. Mike Ayers is a doctorial student in Sociology at the New School for Social Research.

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