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New media and public activismNeoliberalism, the state and radical protest in the public sphere$
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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001

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Global social movements:

Global social movements:

beyond the competent public sphere?

(p.153) Eight Global social movements
New media and public activism

John Michael Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter explores whether global social movements (GSMs) represent new modes of dissent against neoliberalism and the competent public sphere. To this extent the chapter focuses on how global social movements have used and applied digital media to advance their diverse types of activism. Concrete examples are taken from a variety of movement activism, such as the Zapatistas and the Arab Spring. The chapter also notes several limitations to GMS activism, not least the propensity of some GSMs to ignore the power of nation states to shape politics.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, image events, digital activism, global civil society, global social movements

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