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Exploring internet and politics: E-Mailing lists as political spaces for social movements

Calderaro, Andrea 2012. Exploring internet and politics: E-Mailing lists as political spaces for social movements. In: Romm Livermore, Celia ed. E-Politics and Organizational Implications of the Internet: Power, Influence, and Social Change, IGI Global, pp. 259-277. (10.4018/978-1-4666-0966-2.ch015)

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The Internet has largely been greeted as a technology able to create new spaces of political debate. In order to investigate the issue, scholars have paid attention to how transnational social movements use new information technologies. This has been done mainly exploring the use of the World Wide Web (WWW). However, new political spaces do not take place just on the WWW, and by consequence, research in this field cannot solely carry out Web analysis to explore the role played by the Internet in creating political debate. In looking at other areas of the Internet to understand the creation of new political space, other analytical approaches need to be adopted. The Internet also includes tools other than the WWW, such as E-Mailing Lists, Social Networks tools, Peer-to-Peer Networks, Instant Messaging tools, and so forth. This paper explores the role that E-Mailing Lists play in creating new political spaces. To explore if and how this happens, the author illustrates this crucial point with an analysis of the use of E-Mailing Lists by social movements. The case used is that of the organization of the protest during the G8 Summit held in Genoa in July 2001.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 9781466609662
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 07:31

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