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Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement$
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028202

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028202.001.0001

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Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!

Sasha Costanza-Chock

The MIT Press

The concluding chapter summarizes the book's key points, with a short section on each. 1. The immigrant rights movement, like all social movements, operates within a rapidly changing media ecology. 2. Activists increasingly engage in transmedia organizing, or cross-platform, participatory media making that is linked to action and, ideally, accountable to the movement's social base. 3. Many immigrant rights organizers are caught between the desire to act as spokespeople for the movement, and the need to amplify the voices of the movement's base. 4. Translocal media practices modify the broader media ecology, as migrants adopt new tools to remain connected to their places of origin. 5. Although digital inequality remains a key dynamic in immigrant communities, organizers are developing a praxis of critical digital media literacy. 6. Many people become activists through mediated pathways: media-making strengthens social movement identity. 7. Finally, the professionalization of transmedia organizing provides important opportunities, but also requires stronger accountability mechanisms. The chapter ends by noting key gaps and further research questions, provides recommendations for scholars, organizers, and activists, and invites a broader conversation about how transmedia organizing can strengthen movement identity, win political and economic victories, and transform consciousness.

Keywords:   immigrant rights, media ecology, transmedia organizing, digital inequality, critical digital media literacy, mediated pathways, accountability

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