Digitally Enabled Social Change with professor and author Jennifer Earl
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Jennifer Earl, co-author with Katrina Kimport of "Digitally Enabled Social Change," They will discuss how the Internet affects social change and political protest.
Much attention has been paid in recent years to the emergence of "Internet activism," but scholars and pundits disagree about whether online political activity is different in kind from more traditional forms of activism. Does the global reach and blazing speed of the Internet affect the essential character or dynamics of online political protest?
In "Digitally Enabled Social Change" Jennifer Earl and her co-author argue that the Web offers sharply reduced costs for creating, organizing, and participating in protest. The other major change is the decreased need for activists to be physically together in order to act together.
Jennifer Earl is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism and is the PI for the lead institution on a new NSF grant focused on social movement organizations. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.
(This program was re-scheduled from a previous time.)