The Mobilization Process of Syria’s Activists: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Use of ICTs and the Political Culture.

Aslan, B., 2015. The Mobilization Process of Syria’s Activists: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Use of ICTs and the Political Culture. International Journal of Communication, 9, pp. 2507-2525.

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Abstract

Using extensive interviews of Syrian activists and tracing the course of initially peaceful protests, this article explores the mobilization tactics protesters adopted over four distinct phases of Syrian protests up to August 2011. Analysis reveals that in establishing trustful relations and a sense of effectiveness and belonging among the protesters, interpersonal communication was more effective and faster than the hybrid media activities of Facebook administrators. Nevertheless, the uprising’s later stages show that the more protesters became accustomed to protest culture, the more they benefited from ICTs. Many scholars studying ICTs’ role in the protests have advanced the idea that people’s use of the technology—not the technology itself—affected social processes. This study takes this argument a step further to claim that people’s use of technology constitutes a dependent variable linked to the country’s political culture.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1932-8036
Additional Information:Direct link to the officially published article on the publisher's website: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3527/1436 Copyright © 2015 (Billur Aslan). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
Uncontrolled Keywords:ICTs; social media; protests; political culture; Syria; collective action;
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30867
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:24 Jun 2018 20:26
Last Modified:29 Jun 2018 14:05

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