Princeton University Library Catalog

Expect us : online communities and political mobilization / Jessica L. Beyer.

Beyer, Jessica Lucia [Browse]
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xvi, 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Oxford studies in digital politics. [More in this series]
Summary note:
People use online social forums for all sorts of reasons, including political conversations, regardless of the site's main purpose. In Expect Us, Jessica L. Beyer looks at political consciousness and action in four communities, each born out of chaotic online social spaces that millions of individuals enter, spend time in, and exit moment by moment: Anonymous (4chan), IGN, World of Warcraft, and The Pirate Bay. None of these sites began as places for political organization per se, but visitors to each have used them as places for political engagement to one degree or another. Beyer explains the puzzling emergence of political engagement in these disparate social spaces and offers reasons for their varied capacity to generate political activism. Her comparative ethnography of these four online communities demonstrates that the technological organization of space itself has a strong role in determining the possibility of political mobilization. Overall, she shows that political mobilization rises when a site provides high levels of anonymity, low levels of formal regulation, and minimal access to small-group interaction. Furthermore, her findings reveal that young people are more politically involved than much of the civic engagement literature suggests.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Online communities and political mobilization -- Anonymous : carnival to mobilization -- The pirate bay : contribution to mobilization -- World of warcraft : cooperation without mobilization -- : conversation without mobilization -- Expect them -- Appendix : research methodology.
  • 9780199330751 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 0199330751 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 9780199330768 ((pbk. ; : alk. paper))
  • 019933076X ((pbk. ; : alk. paper))
Other standard number:
  • 40023929647
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