- Series: Acting with Technology
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262015102
- ISBN-13: 978-0262015103
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,405,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #830 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Elections & Political Process > Political Advocacy
- #863 in Books > Computers & Technology > Internet & Social Media > Social Media
- #1200 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Public Affairs & Policy > Social Policy
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age (Acting with Technology) 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"A provocative look at how e-activism is changing the nature of contentious politics. Social movement scholars may want to rethink some of their assumptions." W. Lance Bennett , Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, and Director, Center for Communication & Civic Engagement
"Earl and Kimport deliver a compelling and layered argument that dissects how and when activists' uses of the Web profoundly alter the fields of power that organize social movements (and, just as importantly, when the Web doesn't matter all that much). If you want to know how Web-based mobilizations, movements, and tactics have irrevocably redefined activism, read this book! It is critical reading for digital media scholars but also a must-read for anyone who cares about grassroots organizing and social change." Mary L. Gray , Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
"Even as e-tactics have proliferated and commentators have advanced hyperbolic claims for the effectiveness of cyber activism, systematic studies of this brave new world have lagged behind. No more. With their groundbreaking study of 'digitally enabled social change,' Earl and Kimport have gone a long way toward filling the void. Must-reading for anyone who hopes to understand online and offline activism in the age of the Internet." Doug McAdam , Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
"Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport convincingly apply the classical concerns of social movement theory to mobilization in today's media environment. They reveal that many of the roles that were once the unique domain of social movement organizations are now melting away in the era of Web-enabled collective -- and individual -- action. This book has wide-ranging significance for the study of sociology, politics, and communication." Andrew Chadwick , Professor of Political Science and Codirector of the New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London
About the Author
Jennifer Earl is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is a great work for scholars. I have cited it numerous times in my own work. I'm not sure if it is as interesting to lay persons, unless they have a deep interest in the mechanics of online mobilizations and tactics of social movements.
Digitally Enabled Social Change is not so much an answer to Shirky's (2008) Here Comes Everyone as much as it is the book that, if published before Shirky's, might have forced him to reorganize his thoughts and engage more deeply with the rich scholarship that social activism and movement researchers have been creating for decades.
Earl and Kimport's book combines a deep literature review on a wide variety of related concepts (and they do an excellent job combining findings articulately), strong theoretical arguments, and a unique dataset that allows the authors to make empirical conclusions that are not altogether dissimilar from Shirky's, but are certainly better rooted. And although they work within the existing literature, they focus on the similarities and differences that exist in web-based activism.
While some scholars argue that online activism is not altogether different from offline activism, Earl and Kimport's primary argument is that, in fact, exploring how and why affordances are leveraged on the web contributes to our understanding of social activism.
They organize online activism on a continuum of the extent to which the activities leverage the cost and copresent affordances of the web. (Earl and Kimport define affordances as "the actions and uses that a technology makes qualitatively easier or possible when compared to prior like technologies".) The book is organized by the web's two primary affordances: (1) sharply reduced costs for creating, organizing, and participating and (2) the ability to aggregate people's individual actions into broader collective actions without requiring participants to be copresent in time and space.
While the empirical data was collected before the explosion of social networking sites and Twitter and the new opportunities for online activism which they provide, the unique sampling technique should be applauded. Moreover, Earl and Kimport believe that the arguments are enduring because they focus on how people use different technologies, not a particular website. On the other hand, reaching people where they already are (Facebook) may influence online activism in different ways.
The only drawback is the lack of international examples. Certainly adding a global perspective would have likely clouded their arguments. But perhaps after the events in early 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa, a re-examination of Earl and Kimport's arguments in a different context would be prudent.
Earl and Kimport also offer an excellent overview, and critique, of the current state of social movement literature and its relationship to the internet. This book is one of the most significant advances in bringing the social movement approach into the online world--asking us to look carefully at the ways in which groups mobilize online, in particular, the ways in which the online medium provides opportunity structures not available offline. This is in contrast to the many configurations of social movement literature that have either ignored new media and/or have considered it only in relation to traditional offline organizing.
The book is also accessible to those new to the topic and written in an engaging manner. It would be a great addition to the reading list for either an undergraduate or graduate level course.