Space and place matters : a tool for the analysis of geolocated and mapped protests

RODRIGUEZ-AMAT, Joan and BRANTNER, Cornelia (2016). Space and place matters : a tool for the analysis of geolocated and mapped protests. New Media & Society, 18 (6), 1027-1046.

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Crowdmapping and geolocated protests form complex multilayered systems of communicated spaces and places that can only be partially grasped by the available literature. This article responds to these limitations by presenting a model for the analysis of the composition of space and place in networked geolocated activities. The model identifies the several forms of expression, opens four modes of analysis (representations, textures, structures, and connections), and allows the consideration of the communication devices involved, while highlighting the forms of power behind the social and cultural practices of protests and crowdmapping. The model is applied to the case of Voces25s, a protest action against the Spanish government’s austerity measures in September 2012, which relied heavily on interactive, networked maps. Furthermore, the raised sensitivity for space and place as forms of social (in)justice opens a fertile empirical research agenda in the area of the governance of communicative spaces.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
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Page Range: 1027-1046
Depositing User: Joan Rodriguez-Amat
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 08:29
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:45

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