Now available: “Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest”, edited by Lina Dencik and Oliver Leistert

Our collected volume “Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest. Between Control and Emancipation“, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is now available:

From the publisher’s website:
“This book critically interrogates the relationship between social media and protest from an interdisciplinary perspective, examining the multiple ways in which we need to politicize and contextualise commercial social media platforms, in particular with regards to their use for the purposes of anti-systemic and progressive protest movements.”

We got some great endorsements:

“At last, a collection on social media and protest that is genuinely critical, spanning both the nature of the technological tools the political-economic environment they are part of, the organisational responses these formations then lend themselves to and the political consequences they reap. Rich in detail, broad in remit, interrogatory by design this will be my ‘turn to’ book on this subject for years to come.” Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London

“Refusing simple explanations and traversing protest movements from around the globe, this collection is essential reading for academics and activists alike. The volume interrogates the power and systemic shortcomings of corporate-based social media as deployed during moments of revolution, rupture, and dissent. Operating simultaneously as an authoritative force that regiments social relations and a fetishistic object that congeals desires, these media are shot through with a series of contradictions.” Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University

“This collection provides a much-needed antidote to the ready equation of social media and political empowerment. It counters the cyber-hype with a truly critical collection of readings that explore the political limits and potentials of social media. This is a crucial volume for anyone interested in the key political question of our time: the relationship between media technology and activism.” Mark Andrejevic, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

1. Promise and Practice in Studies of Social Media and Movements. Sebastian Haunss
Part I: Algorithmic Control and Visibility / 2. The Revolution Will Not Be Liked: On the Systemic Constraints of Corporate Social Media Platforms for Protests, Oliver Leistert / 3. Mobilizing in Times of Social Media: From a Politics of Identity to a Politics of Visibility, Stefania Milan
Part II: Temporal Alienation and Redefining Spaces / 4. Social Media, Immediacy and the Time for Democracy: Critical Reflections on Social Media as ‘Temporalising Practices’, Veronica Barassi / 5. “This Space Belongs to Us!”: Protest Spaces in Times of Accelerating Capitalism, Anne Kaun
Part III: Surveillance, Censorship and Political Economy / 6. Social Media Censorship, Privatised Regulation, and New Restrictions to Protest and Dissent, Arne Hintz / 7. Social Media Protest in Context: Surveillance, Information Management, and Neoliberal Governance in Canada, Joanna Redden / 8. Pre-empting Dissent: From Participatory Policing to Collaborative Filmmaking, Greg Elmer
Part IV: Dissent and Fragmentation From Within / 9. The Struggle Within: Discord, Conflict and Paranoia in Social Media Protest, Emiliano Treré / 10. Social Media and the 2013 Protests in Brazil: The Contradictory Nature of Political Mobilization in the Digital Era, Mauro P. Porto and João Brant
Part V: Myths and Organisational Trajectories / 11. Social Media and the ‘New Authenticity’ of Protest. Lina Dencik / 12. Network Cultures and the Architecture of Decision. Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter

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