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ABS032 - Networking sites in social movements: communicating and transforming educational realities

2.1 Learning and development in onsite communities and online spaces
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
3:50 PM, Mercredi 30 Août 2017 (1 heure)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table C
In this article, we analyse the use of Social Networks for the development of activities in social movements. We consider four intertwined movements, which were a combination of online protest, using Facebook pages, Occupy-type protest, in which students firstly occupied more than 200 schools, and demonstrations, which occurred in different cities of São Paulo and after in Rio de Janeiro. We analyse the activities involved in the movement under the Cultural-Historical Activity Theory framework, and we discuss how the notion of collaborative agency is important for the development of such a protest. As data, we use the content of one hundred twenty-two pages on Facebook related to the four movements. We performed a multimodal and network analysis of the data in order to understand how the movement developed which results were obtained by the students. Our findings suggest that by acting collaboratively, students were able to reach satisfactory results from their protests. In addition, they expanded the activities in their groups on Facebook to other contexts, like organizing events in their schools or using them for other social movements.
University of Helsinki
Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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