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Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change

Data Activism and Social Change

Authors: Gutiérrez, Miren

  • Looks at collective number-churning, map-making and action for a better world
  • Presents data activism as a new social practice rooted in technology
  • Looks into big data in light of activism, and activism in light of big data
  • Draws from the empirical observations of interviews with practitioners, researchers, data activists and journalists 
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This book efficiently contributes to our understanding of the interplay between data, technology and communicative practice on the one hand, and democratic participation on the other. It addresses the emergence of proactive data activism, a new sociotechnical phenomenon in the field of action that arises as a reaction to massive datafication, and makes affirmative use of data for advocacy and social change. By blending empirical observation and in-depth qualitative interviews, Gutiérrez brings to the fore a debate about the social uses of the data infrastructure and examines precisely how people employ it, in combination with other technologies, to collaborate and act for social change.

About the authors

Miren Gutiérrez is the Director of the ‘Data Analysis, Research and Communication’ postgraduate programme at the University of Deusto, Spain and Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, where she works on data-enabled projects. She has been Greenpeace Spain Executive Director, and a journalist as EFE Spanish News Agency’s Asia-Pacific Correspondent (based in Hong Kong); La Prensa’s Business Editor (Panama); El País’s Correspondent (New York); and Inter Press Service Editor in Chief (Rome).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Mapping a Better World: A Journey

    Gutiérrez, Miren

    Pages 1-29

  • The Many Faces of the Data Infrastructure

    Gutiérrez, Miren

    Pages 31-47

  • Proactive Data Activism

    Gutiérrez, Miren

    Pages 49-105

  • Crowdsourcing and Mapping Data for Humanitarianism

    Gutiérrez, Miren

    Pages 107-136

  • Conclusions and Areas for Further Research

    Gutiérrez, Miren

    Pages 137-146

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78319-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78318-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Data Activism and Social Change
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78319-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78319-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78318-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 178
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