Insights on topics
How? Emerging organizational logics, modes of interaction and involvement with social media.
- Collective action and digital media: People working on the area and interested: Mayo Fuster Morell, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Rob Faris, Zeynep Tufekci, Bruce Etling, Nagla Rizk, Colin Maclay, Pablo Rey (role that the mass media and social media play in these mobilizations. How successful are the social media in the new media ecology? How powerful still is the role of the mass media (specially newspapers)?), Lina Attalah (media, mainstreaming social media in traditional media, access to knowledge; How the virtuality of online networks somehow reinstates a sense of community which was tactfully broken by the mastery of authoritarian regimes, particularly in the cases of Egypt and Tunisia?), Jeffrey Juris, and Jason Pramas, Beth Coleman, and Alicia Solow-Niederman (social media's role in social movements; the role of technology in helping and/or hindering democratization; 'Twitter Revolution'), and William A. (Bill) Gamson (Media and Social Movements; Relationships to both traditional media and new media).
- Internal performative dynamics and democratic conceptions: People working on the area and interested: Nicole Doerr (Decision making), Christian Scholl (Tensions with Bottom-up democracy); and, Marcos Ancelovici (Participative democracy and the role of assemblies; role of assemblies and space).
- The correct way to conceptualize online/offline mobilization and the relationships between the two as people navigate cyberspace and physical space during protests (Alicia Solow-Niederman).
Movement composition and visions/strategies of change: Actors involved, in terms (e.g.) of social groups mobilized vs those passive and those hostile, of different political and cultural traditions involved or not involved.
- Movement composition: People working on the area and interested: Marcos Ancelovici (Who the occupiers were and what they wanted) Charlotte Ryan (Homeless movement), Ofer Sharone (underemployed and precarious workers), E. Coling Roggero (Punk, Anti-Capitalist Movements, Contemporary Radical Politics and Culture), Alice Mattoni (Precarity movement in Italy) Maite Tapia (The role of the labor movement and whether/how they shaped the rise of these new social movements) Mayo Fuster Morell (Free culture movement trajectory into 15M in Spain)
- Visions/strategies of change: People working on the area and interested: Mayo Fuster Morell (Ecology of strategies; commons umbrella) Marcos Ancelovici (Significance, usefulness and limits of framing demands in terms of “we are the 99%”; the importance of problem-solving goals in social movements (what difference do they make for mobilization and for the sustainability of the movement?), Colin Ruggero (Micropoltics of Social Change)
Commons strategy: E. Colin Ruggero
Is this really a global wave of protest? If so, Why // Explanatory factors and cases connections, and how the wave is diffused and translated among the several cases? Are there similar factors between them? Why did social mobilization happen in so many countries at once?.
- Historical perspective: People working on the area and interested: Laurence Cox (Historical contextualization), Mayo Fuster Morell and Jeffrey Juris (Connections with previous waves of movilizations – Global Justice Movement); Alicia Solow-Niederman (how to understand the Occupy movement in the global context)
- Explanatory factors:People working on the area and interested: Jason Pramas (Precarious working conditions in Boston) Alice Mattoni (Labor Precarity in Italy), Charlotte Ryan (Social exclusion: Homeless movement), Maria Kousis (How does economic change and variation either (a) constitute significant political threats and opportunities, or (b) shape responses to political threats and opportunities?), and, Maite Tapia (growing inequality).
- How the wave diffuse and translate among the several cases? People working on the area and interested: Maite Tapia (Diffusion of community organizing) Nicole Doerr (Translation and democracy) Cristina Flesher Fominaya (brief chronology and methodological issues); Maite Tapia (Is there potential for a shift of scale (e.g., to an international level)?); Ofer Sharone (comparing mobilization cross-nationally).
Participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and a survey on the site of the occupation: Marcos Ancelovici
E. Coling Roggero: Political Consciousness and Identity Formation
Elżbieta Ciżewska: Cultural background of social movements
William A. (Bill) Gamson: Cultural and discourse change; framing contests; collective action frames.
Marcos Ancelovici: Discourse/framing, repertoires, skills acquisition, Participant identity and development, emotions and participation, problem-solving through protests, causal mechanisms that could apply to these cases.