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Ethnopolitical Political Mobilization on the Web

Ethnopolitical Political Mobilization on the Web


The World Wide Web has changed the fabric of our lives- the way we shop, do business, communicate, and politically mobilize. In this paper we explore the latter. There is a growing literature on the use of the World Wide Web (WWW) as a tool for political mobilization by the politically marginalized. Any such individual, or group, may 'build' a website to convey their political message. The first key step to successful cyber political mobilization however is getting others to visit, or 'hit,' your site. With a self-directed medium, such as the web, where Western populations dominate, the indexed WWW is not surprisingly an English-speaking domain. With this evidence in hand, we argue that for web-based political mobilization to occur, and the WWW to be an effective tool in a group’s cause, online information should be available in English. Using ethnopolitical organizations drawn from The Minorities At Risk Project at the University of Maryland, and shaping the social movement literature to the online realm, notably Tarrow's repertoire of contention concept, we explore the political and technological factors for the likelihood such organizations are fighting their cause online in English.

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Harwood, Paul, and Victor Asal, Naama Nagar. 2006. "Ethnopolitical Political Mobilization on the Web." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego. http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/9/9/6...

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Paul Harwood

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