Protest Communication Ecologies

Forthcoming in Information, Communication and Society, 19(2), DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2015.1109701

17 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2015 Last revised: 10 Jan 2016

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Dan Mercea

City University London - School of Social Sciences

Laura Iannelli

Università degli Studi di Sassari

Brian Loader

University of York

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The flurry of protests since the turn of the decade has sustained a growth area in the social sciences. The diversity of approaches to the various facets and concerns raised by the collective action of aggrieved groups the world over impresses through multidisciplinarity and the wealth of insights it has generated. This introduction to a special issue of the international journal Information, Communication and Society is an invitation to recover conceptual instruments — such as the ecological trope — that have fallen out of fashion in media and communication studies. We account for their fall from grace and explicate the rationale for seeking to reinsert them into the empirical terrain of interlocking media, communication practices and protest which we aim to both capture with theory and adopt as a starting point for further analytical innovation.

Keywords: protest, communication, media, ecology, social media, social movement

Suggested Citation

Mercea, Dan and Iannelli, Laura and Loader, Brian, Protest Communication Ecologies (2016). Forthcoming in Information, Communication and Society, 19(2), DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2015.1109701. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695339

Dan Mercea (Contact Author)

City University London - School of Social Sciences ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Laura Iannelli

Università degli Studi di Sassari ( email )

Piazza Universita
Sassari, 07100
Italy

Brian Loader

University of York

Heslington
University of York
York, YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

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