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[liberationtech] Trottier/Fuchs (eds) Social media, politics and the state

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Fri Apr 24 05:43:07 PDT 2015

Trottier, Daniel and Christian Fuchs, eds. 2015. Social media, politics 
and the state. Protests, revolutions, riots, crime and policing in the 
age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. New York: Routledge.

This book is the essential guide for understanding how state power and 
politics are contested and exercised on social media. It brings together 
contributions by social media scholars who explore the connection of 
social media with revolutions, uprising, protests, power and 
counter-power, hacktivism, the state, policing and surveillance. It 
shows how collective action and state power are related and conflict as 
two dialectical sides of social media power, and how power and 
counter-power are distributed in this dialectic. Theoretically focused 
and empirically rigorous research considers the two-sided contradictory 
nature of power in relation to social media and politics.

More information:

Section One: Introductions

1. Theorising Social Media, Politics and the State: An Introduction
Daniel Trottier and Christian Fuchs

2. Social Networking Sites in Pro-democracy and Anti-austerity Protests: 
Some Thoughts from a Social Movement Perspective
Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni

Section Two: Global and Civil Counter-Power

3. Populism 2.0: Social Media Activism, the Generic Internet User and 
Plebiscitary Digital Democracy
Paolo Gerbaudo

4. Anonymous: Hacktivism and Contemporary Politics
Christian Fuchs

Section Three: Civil Counter-Power Against Austerity

5. Web 2.0 Nazi Propaganda: Golden Dawn’s Affect, Spectacle and Identity 
Constructions in Social Media
Panos Kompatsiaris and Yiannis Mylonas

6. More Than an Electronic Soapbox: Activist Web Presence as a 
Collective Action Frame, Newspaper Source and Police Surveillance Tool 
During the London G20 Protests in 2009
Jonathan Cable

7. Assemblages: Live Streaming Dissent in the ‘Quebec Spring’
Elise Danielle Thorburn

Section Four: Contested and Toppled State Power

8. Creating Spaces for Dissent: The Role of Social Media in the 2011 
Egyptian Revolution
Sara Salem

9. Social Media Activism and State Censorship
Thomas Poell

Section Five: State Power as Policing and Intelligence

10. Vigilantism and Power Users: Police and User-Led Investigations on 
Social Media
Daniel Trottier

11. Police ‘Image Work’ in an Era of Social Media: YouTube and the 2007 
Montebello Summit Protest
Christopher J. Schneider

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