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Digitally Enabled Social ChangeActivism in the Internet Age$
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Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015103

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015103.001.0001

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A New Digital Repertoire of Contention?

A New Digital Repertoire of Contention?

(p.177) 8 A New Digital Repertoire of Contention?
Digitally Enabled Social Change

Jennifer Earl

Katrina Kimport

The MIT Press

The repertoire of contention is termed a set of tactics that share common characteristics and which can be used at a given historical moment. Innovation and development may enable people to change the set of tactics over time by replacing old tactics with new ones. This chapter focuses on a new digital repertoire of contention that may help change and reframe the understanding of social movement activities and enable it to expand traditional definitions of protest. It further discusses the significance of including e-tactics and online activism in the social movement studies. The new repertoire of contention may help differentiate terms of protest, contention, and social movement, and allow scholars to modify their study on social movements.

Keywords:   repertoire of contention, tactics, e-tactics, online activism, social movements, protest

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