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Title:Occupied with Place: Exploring Twitter Resistance Networks
Author(s):Hemsley, Jeff; Eckert, Josef
Subject(s):place
social network analysis
social media
contentious politics
geography
Abstract:From Tehran Square to Gezi Park, Twitter is an emergent tactic of protestors in the public square. Our work utilizes the theoretical framework of contentious politics and its human geographic extension as a framework for examining the role of "place" in Twitter-based networks of resistance. We examine Twitter traffic about local instantiations of Occupy Wall Street across eight cities. The study addresses mutual communications between Twitter participants in hashtags related to each of these local instantiations. This work explores the role of place as a constitutive component of these networks. To do so, we employ descriptive statistical and chi-square tests to examine the significance of user-defined metadata regarding place to the exchanges between users within a network. We conclude that place matters and point to future directions in computational and traditional qualitative analysis, spatial-temporal studies of social media, and the effects of locational propinquity for network development.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Hemsley, J., & Eckert, J. (2014). Occupied with Place: Exploring Twitter Resistance Networks. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 372 - 387). doi:10.9776/14114
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:english
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/47293
DOI:10.9776/14114
Other Identifier(s):114
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28


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