#CEDEM13 Day 2 morning, Track: Bottom-Up Movements

CEDEM13, Conference for eDemocracy and Open Government startet with a panel on bottom-up movements on the second day. Main Hall, Chair: Rosanna De Rosa

Relations of power within a field of contemporary acitvism. Activist capitals in network societies

Jakob Mans Svensson

Building on Bourdieu and theories of habitus and activist values, Svensson analysis a case of a successful southern Stockholm activism – the saving of a community bathhouse – and describes activist capitals, understanding capital as a social relationship, an resource that exists. Values as the general belief in the ability to change something were important in this case, for example the value of being active and engaged made it possible for certain activists to use a type of participation capital when positioning themselves in the activist field. While participation was considered as important, other things like mobilising others were regarded as crucial among activists (see also Castell and his idea of power switches, 2009). (more…)

Call for Papers: Digital Citizenship and Activism

Call for Papers: Special Issue: Vol. 4 (1)

Digital Citizenship and Activism: Questions of Power and Participation Online

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Maria Bakardjieva (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Dr. Jakob Svensson (Karlstad University, Sweden)
  • Dr. Marko M. Skoric (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Nowadays, when citizens, activists and participants in social movements want to voice their opinions and negotiate their political identities they increasingly do so in hybrid media environments that are particularly suitable for mobilisation, organisation and discussion. With a massive increase in online social networking, digital infrastructures are lowering the threshold for political involvement. This, in turn, is considerably shifting the power dynamics of participation. Digital storytelling, for example, has become part of the strategies used by contemporary political activists. While strategies in the past revolved mainly around the attempts to influence the mass media and gatekeepers, today more and more citizens are becoming reporters and commentators themselves, often providing first-hand, real-time coverage of offline political activities.