Contentious Politics in a Digital World: Studies on Social Activism, Protest, and Polarization

Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Isabel Inguanzo, Alberto Ardèvol‐abreu

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In a world of polarized societies and radical voices hogging the public digital sphere, this thematic issue aims at identify-ing the different strategies of old and new social movements in the extremes of the political debates by focusing on the interplay between polarization, uses of the internet, and social activism. In order to disentangle these interactions, this thematic issue covers a wide range of political settings across the globe. It does so by studying: (a) how opposing activists discuss politics online and its implications for democratic theory; (b) how social media uses and online discussions foster offline protests; (c) how the media and state‐led‐propaganda frame disruptive and anti‐government offline protests and how this situation contributes to polarization in both democratic and non‐democratic regimes; and finally (d) how civil society uses digital tools to organize and mobilize around sensitive issues in non‐democratic regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMedia and Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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