Cuts, Tweets, Solidarity and Mobilisation: How the Internet Shaped the Student Occupations

Theocharis, Yannis

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Parliamentary Affairs
Volume: 65
Issue number: 1
Page range: 162-194
Place of publication: London
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN: 0031-2290 , 1460-2482
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: After the UK government announced cuts to higher education and an increase in the tuition fee cap, thousands of students across the country used new media tools to organise peaceful protests at over 35 universities. Although extensive theoretical frameworks about online mobilisation and political action are available, we know very little about how these new informational tools are used in practice. This article provides an overview of the increasingly influential role of the internet in youth politics. Using the case study of the student occupations, it assesses the role of a variety of online tools and methods that were used to coordinate and mobilise young people. The study reveals the extensive use of old and new online platforms and hardware, and the constant blending of offline and online repertoires of participation, which have facilitated a novel way of organising political action. It argues that the student protests were important in demonstrating the potential of new media for political mobilisation, stresses the need to better understand the role of digital tools in political activism and suggests avenues for further research.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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