Ethnographic Cartographies: Alternative Media, Social Movements and the Spaces of Networks

Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Ethnographic Cartographies: Alternative Media, Social Movements and the Spaces of Networks. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 12(1), pp. 48-62. [Article]

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Research on social movement networks has been defined by an emphasis on structural determinism and quantitative methodologies, and has often overlooked the spatial dimension of networking practices. This article argues that scholars have much to gain if (1) they move beyond the understanding of networks as organisational and communication structures, and analyse them as everyday social processes of human negotiation and construction, and (2) they pay attention to how networks between different organisations create multiple and overlapping spaces of action and meaning that define the everyday contexts of social movements. Drawing on ethnographic research within the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, this article explores the everyday dimension of political and communication networks. It shows that everyday networking practices are embedded in processes of identification and meaning construction, and are defined by a politics of inclusion and exclusion; introducing the concept of ethnographic cartography, it demonstrates that social movement networks are incorporated into everyday practices and narratives of place-making.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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06 Oct 2015 15:00

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27 Jun 2017 13:37

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