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Title:Personal grievance sharing, frame alignment, and hybrid organisational structures: the role of social media in North Africa's 2011 uprisings
Author:Rennick, Sarah AnneISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Volume:31
Issue:2
Pages:156-174
Language:English
Geographic term:Northern Africa
Subjects:political action
social media
social networks
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589001.2013.781322
Abstract:The paper develops an analytical framework for understanding the role of social media in the 2011 North African uprisings. It argues that analysis of the role of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools should be broken down into two distinct phases: a pre-mobilization phase and a collective action phase. Using frame analysis and the notion of connective action, the paper demonstrates that during the pre-mobilization phase social media allowed for the enlarging of the public sphere to new non-political actors, and permitted the sharing of grievances and the emergence of broad and resonant frames. During the collective action phase, mobilization was able to occur thanks to a collective action frame based on the cultural norm of social justice as well as the emergence of hybrid organizational structures that relied on a cross between social media-based entrepreneurial networks and more traditional social movement organisations. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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