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Three Patterns of Power in Technology-Enabled Contention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)In: Mobilization, ISSN 1086-671X, E-ISSN 1938-1514, Vol. 19, no 4, 421-439 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Technology-enabled networks of contention differ from physically co-present networks in that communication more saliently structures relations among actors. Technology platforms may even take on some roles of organizations in providing information, distributing resources, and coordinating action. Although many observers claim that online networks tend to concentrate public displays of attention and recognition in power-law hierarchies, we propose that technology-enabled contentious networks may seek or avoid concentrated hierarchies as reflections of the participants' underlying values and technology preferences. The article identifies three ideal type power signatures in technology-enabled networks-highly concentrated, moderately concentrated, and dispersed. Different power signatures can result in similar political outcomes, suggesting that none of them represents a generally more effective way to organize power in networks. However, in particular situations, different power configurations can affect how action is framed, how individuals become engaged, and the degree of fit between mobilizations and political contexts.

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2014. Vol. 19, no 4, 421-439 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113970ISI: 000347634400005OAI: diva2:789808


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