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Being a Serial Transnational Activist


Dan Mercea


City, University of London

Marco T. Bastos


City, University of London

January 12, 2016

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12150

Abstract:     
Transnational activism endures as a political practice turning a mirror onto the world’s power-brokers. We analyse a variety of transnational activism best characterized as serial by virtue of an observed systematic time and border-spanning commitment to protest communication. Following statistical disambiguation of a data-set of 2.5 million unique Twitter users, we identified a subset of exceptionally prolific communicators and interviewed 21 of them. We show that a noted prominence in networked communication of otherwise unremarkable Twitter users may be an upshot of purposive strategies intended to publicize, support or help orchestrate collective action. Accordingly, we propose the term "engagement compass" to address the relationship between activists' life-patterns and their personal investment in protest over time.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: transnational activism, social media, diffusion, celebrity, frame clouding, disengagement


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Date posted: January 13, 2016 ; Last revised: January 15, 2016

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Mercea, Dan and Bastos, Marco T., Being a Serial Transnational Activist (January 12, 2016). Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2714771

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Dan Mercea (Contact Author)
City, University of London ( email )
London
United Kingdom
Marco Toledo Bastos
City, University of London ( email )
London
United Kingdom
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