Identity and collective action via computer-mediated communication: A review and agenda for future research

Anna Priante, Michel L Ehrenhard, Tijs van den Broek, Ariana Need

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Since the start of large-scale waves of mobilisation in 2011, the importance of identity in the study of collective action via computer-mediated communication (CMC) has been a source of contention. Hence, our research sets out to systematically review and synthesise empirical findings on identity and collective action via CMC from 2012 to 2016. We found that the literature on the topic is broad and diverse, with contributions from multiple disciplines and theoretical and methodological approaches. Based on our findings, we provide directions for future research and propose the adoption of an integrative approach that combines the study of identity and networks to advance our understanding of collective action via CMC. This review contributes to the crossroad of social movement, collective action, communication and media studies. Our results also have practical implications for the organisation of collective action in a society characterised by the pervasive influence of CMC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146144481774478
Number of pages23
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017


The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/ or publication of this article: This research was financially supported by the Tech4People program of the University of Twente.

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