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A pool of dreams: facebook, politics and the emergence of a social movement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clara Crivellaro, Dr Robert Comber, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM Press, 2014.

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In this paper we present insights from an empirical analysis of data from an emergent social movement primarily located on a Facebook page to contribute understanding of the conduct of everyday politics in social media and through this open up research agendas for HCI. The analysis focuses on how interactions and contributions facilitated the emergence of a collective with political will. We lay out an exploration of the intrinsic relationship between cultural memories, cultural expression and everyday politics and show how diverging voices co-constructed dynamic collectives capable of political action. We look at how interactions through the Facebook page challenge traditional ways for conceiving politics and the political. We outline possible research agendas in the field of everyday politics, which are sensitive to the everyday acts of resistance enclosed in the ordinary.

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Author(s): Crivellaro C, Comber R, Bowers J, Wright PC, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14)

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 3573-3582

Online publication date: 26/04/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 02/05/2014

ISSN: 9781450324731

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557100