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Informing Activists: What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online?

Thomas Elliott

What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online?

Recommended Readings:

Classic:

Cohen, Cathy J., and Joseph Kahne. 2012. Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action, Youth & Participatory Politics. Chicago, ILMacArthur Foundation

Review (note: this is a review of digital divide work more broadly. It is not specifically focused on activism)

DiMaggio, Paul, Eszter Hargittai, Coral Celeste, and Steven Shafer. 2004. “Digital Inequality: From unequal access to differentiated use.” In K. Neckerman (Ed),  Social Inequality (p. 355-400). New York: Russell Sage Foundation

Contemporary:

Elliott, Thomas, and Jennifer Earl. 2016. “Online protest participation and the digital divide: Modeling the effect of the digital divide on online petition-signing.” New Media & Society 20(2):698-719.

Schradie, Jen. 2018. “The Digital Activism Gap: How Class and Costs Shape Online Collective Action.” Social Problems 65(1):51–74.

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Informing Activists ~ Table of Contents

Welcome to the home page for the Informing Activists video project! Below you will find links for videos of social movement scholars (and social scientists) answering questions relevant for young activists.

Each page contains at least one video that we hope will help young activists make informed decisions about their engagements, a bio about the presenter, and some suggested readings if someone is interested in a deeper dive into the topic area.

The list is regularly curated, and so please check back regularly for updates!

The most recent additions to the collection include: 

Thomas Elliott- What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online? (5/16/18)

Katrina Kimport- How do I get people involved in my movement  (1/25/18)

Kate Kenski- What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others? (1/25/18)

To visit the original introduction to the series from the Mobilizing Ideas editors and the series curators, please click here.

We hope you find these to be helpful, and welcome suggestions about new videos. You can email us at thomasvmaher@purdue.edu. Good luck on making the change you envision!

Table of Contents

Do movements make a difference? 

In what ways do social movements make a difference? – Thomas Elliott

How/When do movements make a political difference? – Katrin Uba

How/When do movements affect culture? – Jenn Earl

When do movements shape public opinion? – Neal Caren

How does movement participation affect people’s lives? – Marco Giugni

How do movements influence elections? – Fabio Rojas

How do I support movements in other countries? – Dana Moss

How do I get (more/new/different) people involved?

Who Participates in Movements and Why? – Bert Klandermans and Ziad Munson

How do I get people involved in my movement  — Katrina Kimport

What can be done about activist burnout? – Sharon Nepstad

How can activists avoid burnout? – Hava Gordon

How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement? – Rachel Einwohner

How can I build coalitions and increase diversity? – Rich Wood

What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online?– Thomas Elliott

What should I focus on when I am trying to create change? 

How much does the political environment affect my cause? – David Meyer

What are the best tactics for my cause? – Catherine Corrigall-Brown

How do I use online tools to help my cause? – Lissa Soep

What are the best targets for my cause? – Tom Maher

How do I adapt my tactics to the political environment? – Holly McCammon

What should I think about when I am creating an organization?

When do I need an organization? – Jenn Earl

How do I work with existing organizations? – Grace Yukich

How can I build coalitions and increase diversity? – Rich Wood

What are some considerations for youth in organizations? – Sarah Gaby

How can I be more convincing? 

How do I talk about my cause? – David Snow

What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others? – Kate Kenski

What do I need to know about the media environment? – Deana Rohlinger

How do I stay safe? 

What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks? – Heidi Reynolds-Stenson

How can I protect myself legally when I am active online? – Derek Bambauer

What else do I need to know? 

How might these topics apply to a specific campaign? – Elizabeth Armstrong

What can activists in the West learn from the Arab Spring? – Atef Said

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Informing Activists: How do I get people involved in my movement?

Katrina Kimport

Introduction 

 

How do I get people involved in my movement? 

 

Recommended Readings

Classic
Luker, Kristin. 1984. Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. Vol. 3. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Joffe, Carole E., Tracy A. Weitz, and Chris L. Stacey. 2004. “Uneasy allies: pro‐choice physicians, feminist health activists and the struggle for abortion rights.” Sociology of health & illness 26.6: 775-796.

Review
Luna, Zakiya, and Kristin Luker. 2013. “Reproductive Justice” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 9:1:327-352

Contemporary:
Kimport, Katrina. 2016. “Divergent Successes: What the Abortion Rights Movement Can Learn from Marriage Equality’s Success.” Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health 48.4: 221-227.

Youth Participatory Politics Network- How can we make [political participation] easy and engaging?

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Informing Activists: What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others?

Kate Kenski

Introduction

 

What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others?

 

Websites referenced in this video: 

https://implicit.harvard.edu

http://politecho.org/

Readings on Effective Messaging

Classic:
O’Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson. “The impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families.” Pediatrics 127.4 (2011): 800-804.

Review:
Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, and Kate Kenski. 2014. “Political Communication: Then, Now, and Beyond.” Oxford Handbook of Political Communication. Online.

Palfrey, J., Gasser, U., & Boyd D. Response to FCC Notice of Inquiry 09-94: “Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape.” Cambridge, MA: Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; 2010. Available here

Contemporary:
Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Rains, S. A. (2017, online first). Perceptions of uncivil discourse online: An examination of types and predictors. Communication Research. DOI: 10.1177/0093650217699933

Earl, Jennifer, and R. Kelly Garrett. Forthcoming. “The New Information Frontier: Toward a More Nuanced View of Social Movement Communication.” Forthcoming in Social Movement Studies. Available online first here

 

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Informing Activists: How do I support movements in other countries?

Dana Moss

How do I support movements in other countries?

Classic Reading:
Keck, Margaret E., and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Contemporary: 
Moss, Dana M. 2016. “Transnational repression, diaspora mobilization, and the case of the Arab Spring.” Social Problems 63(4): 480-498.
Review: 
Smith, Jackie. 2004 “Transnational Processes and Movements” Pp. 311-36 in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by D. A. Snow, S. A. Soule and H. Kriesi. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

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Informing Activists: How can activists avoid burnout?

Hava Gordon

How can activists avoid burnout?

Recommended Readings

Gordon, Hava Rachel. 2009. We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Klandermans, Bert. 1997. The Social Psychology of Protest. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.

See also: Sharon Erickson Nepstad’s video on the same topic

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2018 McCarthy Award Winner!

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame is very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior is Aldon Morris of Northwestern University. The award not only recognizes Aldon’s extraordinary achievements in research, but also the role that he has played in mentoring successive generations of scholars. Continue reading

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