Technology as movement: on hybrid organizational types and the mutual constitution of movement identity and technological infrastructure in digital activism
2016 (English)In: Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, ISSN 1354-8565, E-ISSN 1748-7382, Vol. 22, no 5, 524-542 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
New communication technologies bring about new ways for political groups and movements to mobilize and organize. A consequence of this might be that established interpretations of and attitudes towards social movements may have to be revisited, for example, when it comes to their internal constitution and their modes of working. This interview case study looks at the digital activist cluster Telecomix and its interventions during the Arab Spring. The study addresses how the network used technological and communicational infrastructures and platforms and how it was organizationally affected by these. By using concepts such as ‘one media bias’, ‘media ecology’, ‘hybridity’ and ‘cognitive praxis’, the article aims to conceptualize how the identity of a movement and its technological infrastructure mutually constitute each other.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 22, no 5, 524-542 p.
Arab Spring, cognitive praxis, digital activism, hybridity, social movements, Telecomix
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102490DOI: 10.1177/1354856515577921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-102490DiVA: diva2:807989