The fluid and disruptive shape of activism. Strategic communication in #Fridaysforfuture

OLIVEIRA, Evandro, RODRIGUEZ-AMAT, Joan, RUIZ-MORA, Isabel and ZELLER, Ileana (2023). The fluid and disruptive shape of activism. Strategic communication in #Fridaysforfuture. International Journal of Strategic Communication.

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This article analyses some socio-communicative aspects and implications of the hashtagged movement Fridays For Future on Twitter, which has a capacity for mobilization that extends beyond that of any previous non-governmental organization (NGO). It considers how the movement is organised and also the strategic communication dimension of Twitter activists as key agents. We also explore how social-communicative actions shape the public debate to bring about social change. We analysed a sample of tweets containing the hashtags #fridaysforfuture, #climatestrike and #schoolstrike4climate posted over 5 non-consecutive weeks between January-June 2021. Quantitative, network and qualitative analyses revealed descriptive, network and attribute results indicating ongoing intensive discourse and social interactions. The patterns reflect strategic behaviour that reproduces orderly (dis)organisation, as the interaction around hashtags and action-participation are evidence of strategic communication within a fluid and disruptive organisational form.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 20 Language, Communication and Culture; 47 Language, communication and culture
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 10:38
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 15:00

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