Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Digital Affordances, Authoritarian Governments: Applying the Leveraged Affordances Model to High Risk Contention
by Holden, Stephen, M.A., The George Washington University, 2013, 68; 1533343
Abstract (Summary)

Previous studies of the "leveraged affordances" approach to collective action have only studied the communicative costs of collective action. This thesis takes the next step by applying affordances literature to high-risk contention. By utilizing illustrative case studies, the thesis analyzes the leveraged affordances approach within the context of the Arab Spring. This thesis holds that there are three general ways in which states may increase the cost of collective action, whether or not activists take advantage of lowered communication costs: concessions, exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions, and violence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Livingston, Steven
Commitee: Bailard, Catie S.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Media and Public Affairs
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Political science
Keywords: Affordances, Arab Spring, Collective action, Contention, Digital media, Risk
Publication Number: 1533343
ISBN: 978-1-267-90885-8
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