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Ties in Mediated Activism: A Presentation about the Possible Importance of Relationships in Risky Activism Online
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

An individual’s recruitment and commitment to activism has been repeatedly shown to be tied to pre-existing network ties. The riskier or costlier the activism one is involved in, the stronger the ties are expected to be in order to galvanize action. Therefore, embeddedness in social networks and shared social ties are important for theorizing involvement in and commitment to a movement. The nature of these ties, however, is rarely theorized beyond a “weak/strong” axis and this matter is exacerbated by the introduction of computer mediation. This paper assesses the literature of both network theory and social movements, while drawing on work about mediated emotions. I suggest that understanding the content of social ties—that is, shared emotional intensity, intimacy, frequency of contact and reciprocity—may be important to understanding engagement in mediated high-cost or high-risk activities.

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2016.
Keywords [en]
micromobilization, ties, interpersonal relationships, anonymity, hacktivism, digitally enabled activism, friendship, affective loyalty, mediated emotions, emotions
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-333892DiVA, id: diva2:1158215
Conference
7th Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association – Research Network: Sociology of Emotions, August 25-27 2016, at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2017-11-18 Created: 2017-11-18 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved

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