Judeth Oden Choi
- Monday, November 16, 2020 - 1:00pm
"Understanding hybridity in social movements through the dramaturgical lens"Committee:Jodi Forlizzi (HCII, CMU, Co-chair)Jim Herbsleb (ISR, CMU, Co-chair)Sarah Fox (HCII, CMU)Deen Freelon (Hussman School of Journalism and Media, UNC)Abstract:Movements such as #Occupy, #Egypt, #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter have shifted the culture, inspired revolutions, and influenced policy change and legal actions. Protests for Black lives, spurred by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, are still reverberating around the world. The movement has already led to shifts in attitudes toward police and to real policy change in several US cities. This movement, like many others, would not be possible without social media. My research extends literature in HCI/CSCW on networked movements and popular social movement theory by focusing not on how emerging technologies replace traditional movement infrastructure, but how networked activism, such as a hashtag campaign, is contextualized within broader social movements and is complementary to traditional forms of organizing and protest. This thesis involves empirical research of social justice activists on Twitter, a community-organized festival, the Justice for Antwon Rose II movement, and the 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests with a focus on events in Pittsburgh. Each study adds to my understanding of how local, sometimes offline, organizing works hand-in-hand with networked forms of activism, which I describe as hybridity. Hybrid movements engage movement processes and protests on-the-ground locally and through dispersed online networks. I draw from the dramaturgical approach in social movement theory to develop a framework to help researchers and technology designers understand how hybrid movement scripts guide action and role development in dispersed networks, in local networks, and the interaction between them.
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