Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Twitter as a Tool: Public Perception of Race and the Status of Social Movements after the Police-Involved Shooting Death of Stephon Clark
by Galstyan, Shushan, M.A., The George Washington University, 2020, 61; 27666685
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to understand Twitter users’ reactions and their discussions on race after the shooting death of Stephon Clark. The study examines the #BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter, and #StephonClark hashtags in the six weeks following the killing of Clark. The data yielded 513 tweets that included a variation of all three hashtags, while only 29 tweets were found including the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag. Taking a grounded theory approach, the study utilizes content analysis to code the Twitter data. The results of the data were reflective of the Black Lives Matter movement’s narrative to stop anti-Black racism and end the police-involved killings of unarmed Black men and women. Through the examination of the hashtags, the study demonstrates how Twitter may be a powerful tool used by social movements in their fight to address social issues.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kelso, Michelle
School: The George Washington University
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 81/6(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Publication Number: 27666685
ISBN: 9781392896969
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