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Civic Participation in Contentious Politics

The Digital Foreshadowing of Protest

Authors: Mercea, Dan

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The book examines the highly dynamic communication ecology of recent contentious politics and its expanding digital footprint. First, it looks at the attainment of democratic citizenship through practice as street protests attract substantial numbers of followers who narrate their involvement or reflect on the claims and the implications of collective action on social media. Secondly, it considers the ramifications for contemporary democracy arising from the large-scale uptake of social media by variegated protest networks, which no longer pivot on the coordination capacity of bureaucratic movement organizations. The book ties these aspects together to propose that contentious politics can be a fertile ground for progressive civic participation.

About the authors

Dan Mercea is Lecturer in Sociology at City University London, UK, and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Communications. He has a lasting interest in the media and communication practices of groups, individuals and organisations involved in protest events. He has published on this topic in the Journal of CommunicationNew Media and SocietyInformation, Communication and Society, The Communication Review and Convergence. He has also edited two collections on the use of digital media in democratic politics. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Networked Communication of Contentious Politics

    Mercea, Dan

    Pages 1-34

  • The Protest Events

    Mercea, Dan

    Pages 35-66

  • Digital Prefigurative Participation

    Mercea, Dan

    Pages 67-99

  • Casual Protesters

    Mercea, Dan

    Pages 101-125

  • Organisational Form

    Mercea, Dan

    Pages 127-155

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civic Participation in Contentious Politics
Book Subtitle
The Digital Foreshadowing of Protest
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50869-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50869-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50868-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics