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16:00 - 17:15 30 May 2017

Citizenship-as-Practice: Movement Social Learning on Twitter in The UK People’s Assembly


Seminar Room 20 | IAS
South Wing, Wilkins Building | Gower Street | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Dan Mercea, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, City, University of London

This talk starts from the notion of citizenship-as-practice, reviewing the effectiveness of social media on U.K. movement People’s Assembly against Austerity to evidence a process of social learning.

Numerous anti-austerity protests such as the People’s Assembly against Austerity have been accompanied by vibrant activity on social media. Rather than to propose yet another examination of those effects on participant mobilisation, this talk delineates and seeks to evidence a process of social learning among the social media following of a social movement. Relying on a combination of social network, semantic and discourse analysis, Dan will discuss movement social learning as a diffusion process transpiring in the communication over an extended period of substantive and organisational issues, strategy and critical reflections that crystallised a cohesive in-group among the participant entities in the People’s Assembly.


Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou
+44 (0) 20 6712 6391 | a.komporozos@ucl.ac.uk


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