Creating the collective: social media, the Occupy Movement and its constitution as a collective actor

  title={Creating the collective: social media, the Occupy Movement and its constitution as a collective actor},
  author={Anastasia Kavada},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  pages={872 - 886}
  • A. Kavada
  • Published 26 May 2015
  • Sociology
  • Information, Communication & Society
This paper examines the process through which Occupy activists came to constitute themselves as a collective actor and the role of social media in this process. The theoretical framework combines Melucci's (1996) theory of collective identity with insights from the field of organizational communication and particularly from the ‘CCO’ strand – short for ‘Communication is Constitutive of Organizing’. This allows us to conceptualize collective identity as an open-ended and dynamic process that is… 

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