The power of networked communication in conflict transformation

Stine Lund Hansen, Isabel Bramsen & Iben Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project deals with the study of how civil actors can exercise resistance and generate legitimacy through information communication technologies (ICTs) and the potential hereof in international conflicts. As this subject is relatively unexplored within conflict transformation, Manuel Castells' theory of communication power as well as various research articles on the Arab Spring in Egypt is used to explore ICT in socio-political change. This theorization is then transferred to a context of conflict transformation exemplified by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The study shows that ICTs helped promoting the protesters legitimate demands through facilitating collective action while revealing the regime's illegitimacy via global networks and public space. In conflict transformation these mechanisms could be of value when mobilizing for non-violent action and generating legitimacy through global networks. Likewise ICTs could be used to challenge cultural violence such as pluralistic ignorance and securitization through citizen journalism.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jan. 2013