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From Tahrir to Independence Square: The Evolution of Digitally Mediated Protest Movements 2009 – 2013

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From Tahrir to Independence Square: The Evolution of Digitally Mediated Protest Movements 2009 – 2013

Beriro, Nathan (2014) From Tahrir to Independence Square: The Evolution of Digitally Mediated Protest Movements 2009 – 2013. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The surge in mass protest movements against authoritarian regimes around the world is raising questions about the reasons, motives and timing of such risky political activity. The hailing of social media as an enabler for contentious political action raises questions regarding the political impact of these new technologies, and how they may play a role in fomenting mass protests. A process-tracing analysis of four major protest movements will serve to examine the structural qualities of social media, and whether their particular use by activists and disgruntled publics is helping to spur mass disobedience and protest activity. The movements in Egypt in 2011, Iran in 2009, Turkey in 2013 and Ukraine in 2013 will serve to infer a broadly generalizable theory about social media’s role in contentious political activity and mass movements.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Beriro, Nathan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Public Policy and Public Administration
Date:15 April 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lipson, Michael
Keywords:Revolutions, revolution, social movements, social media, internet, democracy, contentious politics.
ID Code:978733
Deposited By: NATHAN BERIRO
Deposited On:02 Jul 2014 15:28
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:47
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