Occupy Democracy: A Study of New Media Use by a Sub-branch of the Occupy London Movement

Petrosian, Vardan (2015) Occupy Democracy: A Study of New Media Use by a Sub-branch of the Occupy London Movement. Master of Arts by Research (MARes) thesis, University of Kent,.

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Abstract

The rise of new media through network globalisation has led to innovative forms of “new” social movements. This study will explore whether Occupy London, a branch of the global Occupy movement, fits within the realm of a “new” social movement. A further six areas of contention are drawn from a review of literature exploring old and new social movement theory, globalisation/alter-globalisation and perspectives on sousveillance and new media. Through ethnographic participant observation and semi-structured interviewing during Occupy Democracy’s May 2015 occupation of Parliament Square, this research studies the political makeup of the movement, its demogaphy, perception by law enforcement and use of traditional and alternative sousveillance techniques in order to fully understand the advancement of the movement, its aims and future. It further analyses how the movement’s advancement in their use of the Internet and other new media platforms could potentially cause a shift from its continuous media blackout to a more growing presence within the criminological landscape.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Arts by Research (MARes))
Thesis advisor: Carney, Phil
Thesis advisor: Matthews, Roger
Uncontrolled keywords: Social Movement, Occupy, London, Sousveillance, New Media, Participatory Democracy, Thesis, Kent
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P90 Communication. Mass Media
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 18:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54421 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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