Seminar on “Social Movement Organizations in the Internet Age”, presented by Dr. Jennifer Earl

The seminar is organized by EURYKA and UOC and will take place on the 15th of December 2017 – 10am-12pm – Josep Laporte room, Tibi1, Av. Tibidabo, 39-43, Barcelona

Research on digital protest has shown that some uses of digital technologies can dramatically lower organizing and participation costs. As a result, social movement protests and campaigns have been able to held with little to no involvement from traditional social movement organizations (SMO). This talk assess the developing debate around SMO involvement in several ways. First, the talk assesses the extent to which SMO-centric understandings of social movement influence depend on a specific model of power and the talk suggests that new models of power may have been opened up using digital technologies. Second, the talk assesses the literature on SMO involvement in the organization of protest, which includes assessing the day-to-day contributions of SMOs (including in terms of youth engagement and movement inclusivity) as well as the ecological impact of SMOs on movements. Third, the talk assesses evidence on shifts in the so-called “demand side” of protest, represented by preferences of potential and actual protest participants for SMO-organization. Finally, the talk identifies important horizons for future research on this topic.

Keywords: Digital Protest, Cyberpolitics, Social Movements, Youth Studies

Jennifer Earl (@ProfEarl) is a Professor of Sociology and Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She is Director Emerita of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emerita of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She has published widely, including an MIT Press book entitled Digitally Enabled Social Change, which examines how the use of Internet affordances are reshaping the basic dynamics of protest online and was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association’s Book Award in 2013. She was inducted in 2016 to the Sociological Research Association, an honorary association for sociological researchers.

Dr. Earl’s presentation will be followed by a debate with participants.
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