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  • 1. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Lang, Sabine
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    European Issue Publics Online: The Cases of Climate Change and Fair Trade2014In: European Public Spheres: Politics Is Back / [ed] Thomas Risse, Cambridge University Press, 2014, p. 108-137Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Communication in Movements2015In: Oxford Handbook of Social Movements / [ed] Donatella della Porta, Mario Diani, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, p. 367-382Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Digital Media and the Personalization of Collective Action: Social Technology and the Organization of Protests against the Global Economic Crisis2012In: Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics / [ed] Brian D. Loader, Dan Mercea, New York: Routledge, 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 4. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Digital Media and the Personalization of Collective Action: Social technology and the organization of protests against the global economic crisis2011In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 770-799Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Changes related to globalization have resulted in the growing separation of individuals in late modern societies from traditional bases of social solidarity such as parties, churches, and other mass organizations. One sign of this growing individualization is the organization of individual action in terms of meanings assigned to lifestyle elements resulting in the personalization of issues such as climate change, labour standards, and the quality of food supplies. Such developments bring individuals' own narratives to the fore in the mobilization process, often requiring organizations to be more flexible in their definitions of issues. This personalization of political action presents organizations with a set of fundamental challenges involving potential trade-offs between flexibility and effectiveness. This paper analyses how different protest networks used digital media to engage individuals in mobilizations targeting the 2009 G20 London Summit during the global financial crisis. The authors examine how these different communication processes affected the political capacity of the respective organizations and networked coalitions. In particular, the authors explore whether the coalition offering looser affiliation options for individuals displays any notable loss of public engagement, policy focus (including mass media impact), or solidarity network coherence. This paper also examines whether the coalition offering more rigid collective action framing and fewer personalized social media affordances displays any evident gain in the same dimensions of mobilization capacity. In this case, the evidence suggests that the more personalized collective action process maintains high levels of engagement, agenda focus, and network strength.

  • 5.
    Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    University of Washington, USA.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics2013Book (Refereed)
  • 6. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    The logic of connective action: Digital media and the personalization of contentious politics2012In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 739-768Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    From the Arab Spring and los indignados in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street (and beyond), large-scale, sustained protests are using digital media in ways that go beyond sending and receiving messages. Some of these action formations contain relatively small roles for formal brick and mortar organizations. Others involve well-established advocacy organizations, in hybrid relations with other organizations, using technologies that enable personalized public engagement. Both stand in contrast to the more familiar organizationally managed and brokered action conventionally associated with social movement and issue advocacy. This article examines the organizational dynamics that emerge when communication becomes a prominent part of organizational structure. It argues that understanding such variations in large-scale action networks requires distinguishing between at least two logics that may be in play: The familiar logic of collective action associated with high levels of organizational resources and the formation of collective identities, and the less familiar logic of connective action based on personalized content sharing across media networks. In the former, introducing digital media do not change the core dynamics of the action. In the case of the latter, they do. Building on these distinctions, the article presents three ideal types of large-scale action networks that are becoming prominent in the contentious politics of the contemporary era.

  • 7. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Three Patterns of Power in Technology-Enabled Contention2014In: Mobilization, ISSN 1086-671X, E-ISSN 1938-1514, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 421-439Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 8. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Knüpfer, Curd B.
    The democratic interface: technology, political organization, and diverging patterns of electoral representation2018In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 21, no 11, p. 1655-1680Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Democracies are experiencing historic disruptions affecting how people engage with core institutions such as the press, civil society organizations, parties, and elections. These processes of citizen interaction with institutions operate as a democratic interface shaping self-government and the quality of public life. The electoral dimension of the interface is important, as its operation can affect all others. This analysis explores a growing left-right imbalance in the electoral connection between citizens, parties, elections, and government. This imbalance is due, in part, to divergent left-right preferences for political engagement, organization, and communication. Support on the right for clearer social rules and simpler moral, racial and nationalist agendas are compatible with hierarchical, leader-centered party organizations that compete more effectively in elections. Parties on the left currently face greater challenges engaging citizens due to the popular meta-ideology of diversity and inclusiveness and demands for direct or deliberative democracy. What we term connective parties are developing technologies to perform core organizational functions, and some have achieved electoral success. However, when connective parties on the left try to develop shared authority processes, online and offline, they face significant challenges competing with more conventionally organized parties on the right.

  • 9. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Walker, Shawn
    Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protests2014In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 232-260Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How is crowd organization produced? How are crowd-enabled networks activated, structured, and maintained in the absence of recognized leaders, common goals, or conventional organization, issue framing, and action coordination? We develop an analytical framework for examining the organizational processes of crowd-enabled connective action such as was found in the Arab Spring, the 15-M in Spain, and Occupy Wall Street. The analysis points to three elemental modes of peer production that operate together to create organization in crowds: the production, curation, and dynamic integration of various types of information content and other resources that become distributed and utilized across the crowd. Whereas other peer-production communities such as open-source software developers or Wikipedia typically evolve more highly structured participation environments, crowds create organization through packaging these elemental peer-production mechanisms to achieve various kinds of work. The workings of these production packages' are illustrated with a theory-driven analysis of Twitter data from the 2011-2012 US Occupy movement, using an archive of some 60 million tweets. This analysis shows how the Occupy crowd produced various organizational routines, and how the different production mechanisms were nested in each other to create relatively complex organizational results.

  • 10. Bennett, W. Lance
    et al.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Yang, Yunkang
    The Strength of Peripheral Networks: Negotiating Attention and Meaning in Complex Media Ecologies2018In: Journal of Communication, ISSN 0021-9916, E-ISSN 1460-2466, Vol. 68, no 4, p. 659-684Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Networked content flows that focus or fragment public attention are key communication processes in multimedia ecologies. Understandings of events may differ widely, as networked attention and framing processes move from core participants to more distant spectator publics. In the case of the Occupy Wall Street protests, peripheral social media networks of public figures and media organizations focused public attention on economic inequality. Although inequality was among many issues discussed by the activists, it was far less central to the protest core than problems with banks or democracy. Results showed how public attention to inequality was constructed through pulling and pushing interpretive frames between the core and periphery of dense communication networks. Various indicators of public attention-such as search trends, Wikipedia article edits, and legacy media coverage-all credited the protests with raising public awareness of inequality, even as attention to problems with banks grew at the protest core.

  • 11.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Digital Media and Civil Society Networks: national and Transnational Publics2011In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 113, no 1, p. 115-124Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Online and Social Media Campaigns for Climate Change Engagement2017In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, Oxford University Press, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Communication campaigns play a key role in shaping what people think, feel, and do about climate change, and help shape public agendas at the local, national, and international levels. As more people around the world gain regular access to the Internet, online and social media are becoming significant contexts in which they come into contact with—or fail to come into contact with—news, debates, action, and social input related to climate change. This makes it important to understand the campaigning that takes place online. Many actors make concerted efforts to engage publics on climate change and go online to do so. These include businesses; governments and international organizations; scientists and scientific institutions; organizations, groups and individuals in civil society; public intellectuals and political, religious and entertainment leaders. Not all are ultimately concerned with climate change or engaging publics as such. Nevertheless, most campaigns involve at least one of four goals: to inform, raise awareness, and shape public understanding about the science, problems, and politics of climate change; to change consumer and citizen behavior; to network and connect concerned publics; to visibly mobilize consumers or citizens to put pressure on decision-makers. Online climate change campaigns are an emerging phenomenon and field of study. The campaigns appeared on broad front around the turn of the millennium, and have since become increasingly complex. In addition to the elements that produce variance in offline campaigns, scholars examine the role of online and social media in how campaigners render the issues and pursue their campaigns, how publics respond, and what this means for the development of the broader public discourse. Core debates concern the capacity and impact of online campaigning in the areas of informing, activating and including publics, and the ambivalences inherent in leveraging technology to engage publics on climate change.

  • 13.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Statsvetenskap i tiden: levande, levd, överlevd?2010In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 112, no 4, p. 410-418Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Swarming: imagining Creative Participation2011In: Creative Participation: Responsibility-Taking in the Political World / [ed] Michele Micheletti, Andrew McFarland, Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2011, p. 34-49Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Segerberg, Alexandra
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Bennett, Lance
    Social media and the organization of collective action: using Twitter to explore the ecology of two climate change protests2011In: The Communication review, ISSN 1071-4421, E-ISSN 1547-7487, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 197-215Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Twitter Revolutions of 2009 reinvigorated the question of whether new social media have any real effect on contentious politics. In this article, the authors argue that evaluating the relation between transforming communication technologies and collective action demands recognizing how such technologies infuse specific protest ecologies. This includes looking beyond informational functions to the role of social media as organizing mechanisms and recognizing that traces of these media may reflect larger organizational schemes. Three points become salient in the case of Twitter against this background: (a) Twitter streams represent crosscutting networking mechanisms in a protest ecology, (b) they embed and are embedded in various kinds of gatekeeping processes, and (c) they reflect changing dynamics in the ecology over time. The authors illustrate their argument with reference to two hashtags used in the protests around the 2009 United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen.

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