Social media activism, self-representation and the construction of political biographies

Authored by: Veronica Barassi

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
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Media technologies have been at the heart of the history of social movements and political struggle. Tarrow (1998) applied Anderson’s (1991) understanding of imagined community to the analysis of social movements and suggested that the rise of the popular press in Britain and France at the end of the eighteenth century triggered the creation of new associations that developed around the production and exchange of printed materials. Downing (1995: 180–91) traced the roots of dissident publications back to the revolutionary pamphleteers of the American War of Independence and showed how media activism has been a central form of political action from the nineteenth century women’s press and the suffragette movement to the civil rights movements of the 1960s.

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