Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Language

English

Abstract

Contemporary large-scale protest campaigns are often marked by the presence of a wide array of individual- and small-group-based actions initiated by the participants themselves. However, scholars have rarely examined whether and how the participant-initiated actions are connected with each other, whether and how they are connected to the movement leaders, and whether the interconnections among the participant-initiated actions relate to existing divisions within a protest. This study examines 138 participant-initiated Facebook pages established during the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014. The analysis shows limited connections among the pages on social media, and limited connections between these pages and the leading groups. Nonetheless, pages sharing the same thematic concern were more likely to be connected with each other through page liking and content sharing. Pages sharing the same ideological predilections were more likely to be connected through page liking, yet less likely to be connected through content sharing. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Keywords

social movement, connective action, homophily, Facebook, social network analysis, Umbrella Movement

Publication Date

2018

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Communication

Volume

12

Issue

2018

Start Page

1591

End Page

1611

Publisher

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 (Yin Zhang and Francis L. F. Lee). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at http://ijoc.org.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/7877

ISSN (electronic)

19328036

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