Digital Contention in a Divided Society

Digital Contention in a Divided Society Social Media, Parades and Protests in Northern Ireland

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Synopsis

How are platforms such as Facebook and Twitter used by citizens to frame contentious parades and protests in 'post-conflict' Northern Ireland? What do these contentious episodes tell us about the potential of information and communication technologies to promote positive intergroup contact in the deeply divided society? These issues are addressed in what is the first in-depth qualitative exploration of how social media were used during the union flag protests (December 2012-March 2013) and the Ardoyne parade disputes (July 2014 and 2015). The book focuses on the extent to which affective publics, mobilised and connected via expressions of solidarity on social media, appear to escalate or de-escalate sectarian tensions caused by these hybrid media events. It also explores whether citizen activity on these online platforms has the potential to contribute to peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719087073
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.23109416
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 454g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm
Spine width: 16mm