Identity and collective action via computer-mediated communication: A review and agenda for future research

Anna Priante, Michel Léon Ehrenhard, Tijs Adriaan van den Broek, Ariana Need

Abstract

Since the start of large-scale waves of mobilisation in 2011, the importance of identity in the study of collective action via computer-mediated communication (CMC) has been a source of contention. Hence, our research sets out to systematically review and synthesise empirical findings on identity and collective action via CMC from 2012 to 2016. We found that the literature on the topic is broad and diverse, with contributions from multiple disciplines and theoretical and methodological approaches. Based on our findings, we provide directions for future research and propose the adoption of an integrative approach that combines the study of identity and networks to advance our understanding of collective action via CMC. This review contributes to the crossroad of social movement, collective action, communication and media studies. Our results also have practical implications for the organisation of collective action in a society characterised by the pervasive influence of CMC.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalNew media & society
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StateAccepted/In press - 7 Dec 2017

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Priante, Anna ; Ehrenhard, Michel Léon; van den Broek, Tijs Adriaan; Need, Ariana / Identity and collective action via computer-mediated communication : A review and agenda for future research.

In: New media & society, 07.12.2017.

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Identity and collective action via computer-mediated communication : A review and agenda for future research. / Priante, Anna ; Ehrenhard, Michel Léon; van den Broek, Tijs Adriaan; Need, Ariana .

In: New media & society, 07.12.2017.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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