Communication Sciences and the study of social movements

Cable, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0002-2585-3419 (2017) Communication Sciences and the study of social movements. In: Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines. Springer, pp. 185-202. ISBN 9783319576473

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This chapter explores the study of social movements in the communications sciences. In order to do this the chapter takes four key themes of protest research. The first section centres on media representation of social movements and the factors which impact on the nature of the reporting. Overall there is a general focus on the tactical approach of social movements and this is especially apparent when spectacular or novel tactics are used. The second part chapter takes this further to examine the methods activists use in communicating their messages and/or applying political pressure and how digital media has increased social movements’ ability to challenge dominant media narratives and correct inaccuracies. The third section covers the incorporation of digital technology into the tactical repertoires of protest groups and the impacts this has. Finally, the chapter considers the repression of social movements and the part that digital media plays in this.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social movements, protest, media coverage, surveillance, activism, communication
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Joe Cable
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 15:52
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 16:00

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