Social Media, Deliberative Democracy and Social Mobilisation

Jørgen Lerche Nielsen, Malene Bodington, Søren Lerche, Kirsten Meyer

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    Over the past 20 years, researchers have studied how the Internet frames

    deliberative processes. What is needed to create a framework for dialogue

    & engagement, & how can the Internet be used to create & support social

    communities? (Castells 2001, Dyson 1997, Rheingold 1993). However,

    these approaches have all taken a normative & meta-theoretical approach

    to the subject & are rarely grounded in empirical research. Much has been

    written about using social media in a rationally, purpose-driven or strategic

    way, relating it to corporations, political organisations, and the latest in

    relation to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008, where deliberative

    features were successfully used to mobilise and organise 2 millions activists through his social network, However, very little literature

    addresses the deliberative processes, nor does much past research build on

    cases that have successfully used social media to mobilise people. An

    examination of Kirkeasyl (Church Asylum), a Danish social movement

    that mobilised people through social media, allows a better understanding

    of how social media can be used but also of how social media impacts the

    movements that use them. Kirkeasyl had no political affiliation, & activists

    across the political and social spectrum engaged in the movement to help

    reject, soon-to-be-deported, & deported Iraqi refugees. The movement was

    largely driven by value-based politics, action, political protest focused on

    the government, & actions directed towards the police that carried out

    political decisions. By employing social media, volunteers were found &

    mobilised for blockades and demonstrations when Iraqi refugees were

    deported, a large amount of money was collected in a very short time, &

    traditional mass media & politicians were engaged in the debate surrounding the Iraqi refugees. Based on the theories of Castells, Dyson, Rheingold,

    Ganz, & Habermas, this paper analyses Kirkeasyl as a case where social

    media was successfully used for dialogue, engagement, mobilisation, &

    as a springboard to spread the movement’s message & affect the political

    Antal sider1
    StatusUdgivet - 2010
    Begivenhed17th ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010 Göteborg - Göteborg, Sverige
    Varighed: 11 jul. 201017 jul. 2010
    Konferencens nummer: 17


    Konference17th ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010 Göteborg

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    XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology
    Sociology on the Move
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    11 - 17 July, 2010
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    • Social Media
    • deliberative democracy
    • social mobilisation
    • communicative action
    • communities
    • network organisation
    • Web 2.0


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    17th ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010 Göteborg

    Jørgen Lerche Nielsen (Taler)

    11 jul. 201017 jul. 2010

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    Nielsen, J. L., Bodington, M., Lerche, S., & Meyer, K. (2010). Social Media, Deliberative Democracy and Social Mobilisation. Abstract fra 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010 Göteborg , Göteborg, Sverige.