Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploration of social protests and policing: Does social media undermine the message?
by Contreras, Nancy, M.C.J., University of Colorado at Denver, 2016, 84; 10149362
Abstract (Summary)

Few studies have explored the goals and means of recent protests that are calling attention to police use of force in marginalized communities. This research explores activist ideology, social media practices in organizing protests, and perceived community relations with law enforcement. Resource mobilization theory is applied to the current protest activities against police misconduct to describe the use of social media as a means to create social protest and reform. Internet-enhanced activism is analyzed to explain changes in the traditional responsibilities and contributions of activists, and to describe the negative impact the social media have on activism. In addition, moral panic is used as a theoretical framework to explain police-community relations. Discussion of the policy implications identifies the need for alternate ways of policing and judicial review of activists’ rights in protest activities. The findings expand existing scholarship and are essential in establishing a rich narrative of how perceived and real injustice can be challenged through the perspectives of diverse community members.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dodge, Mary
Commitee: Dodge, Mary, Dwight, Lucy, Rennison, Callie
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Public Affairs
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Keywords: Activism, Police-community relations, Policing, Protest, Social media, Social movement
Publication Number: 10149362
ISBN: 978-1-369-04480-5
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