The emergence and decline of new networks of activism in anti-austerity protests in Portugal

Leading researcher: Alexandre Costa
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Politics | Activism | Internet | Globalization


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: n.a.
Reference: n.a.
Starting date: 2011

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Abstract

This research intends – from the ethnographic observation of the Internet, complemented by data triangulation methods – to study the new social movements in Portugal that have resorted to Facebook, a social network that has already joined a significant part of the population and that establishes new forms of interaction, enhancing mobilization dynamics. The approach will take into account how, within the network society, the local / national context intersects with the transnational / global. In a semi-peripheral country like Portugal – marked by a weak political culture, with low levels of associativism and civic-political participation, and at the same time a strong partisanship – and at a time when the economic crisis and tension within the economic system and the European Union, the new Internet media and Facebook are part of the development of new identities. As these are or are not consubstantiate, in new forms of political activism, outside traditional structures such as political parties.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub87*José Gabriel Pereira BastosSupervisorproj69*The emergence and decline of new networks of activism in anti-austerity protests in PortugalDoctoral researchOngoing
pub4*Alexandre CostaResearcherproj69*The emergence and decline of new networks of activism in anti-austerity protests in PortugalDoctoral researchOngoing
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Paula GodinhoSupervisorNOVA FCSHproj69*The emergence and decline of new networks of activism in anti-austerity protests in Portugal