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Relations of Power Within a Field of Contemporary Activism: Activist Capitals in Network Societies
Karlstads universitet, Avdelningen för medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2013 (English)In: CeDEM2013 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013: Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government / [ed] Peter Parycek & Noella Edelmann, Krems: Donau Universität Krems , 2013, 213--228 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to understand relations of power within a middle-class activist community in southern Stockholm using online communication platforms in tandem with more traditional offline activist participation to organize and mobilize participation in order to save their local bathhouse. The method for studying this group is (n)ethnographic, conducting participant observations and interviews online as well as offline. Adherence to, and socialization into, community values are of utmost importance for understanding relations of power within a community. At the same time community values are structured by the acts of identifications of the individual participants and vice versa. Understanding this dialectic between community values and participants identifications as enacted in processes of positioning, this paper seeks to discuss relations of power within the activist community. By reference to Bourdieu, the activists are approached as forming a social field in which core/periphery positions are negotiated through interactions between field specific values, the activists habitus and capitals. In this paper, the activists relative positions to each other and the community are understood by outlining the contours of participation, mobilization, legitimacy and networking capital. Through these capitals core/periphery positions within the community were negotiated. 

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Krems: Donau Universität Krems , 2013. 213--228 p.
Keyword [en]
Activism, Capital, Habitus, Networking, Political Participation, Social Media
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Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206216ISBN: 9783902505316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206216DiVA: diva2:676532
CeDEM13, The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government, Krems, Austria, 22-24 May 2013
Available from: 2013-05-30 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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