Exploring Social Change through Social Media: the case of the Facebook group Indignant Citizens

Yannopoulou, Natalia, Liu, Martin, Bian, Xuemei and Heath, Teresa (2019) Exploring Social Change through Social Media: the case of the Facebook group Indignant Citizens. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 43 (4). pp. 348-357. ISSN 1470-6423

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Abstract

This study examines the role of social media in facilitating the network of a social movement, the novel forms of exchange networks that are fashioned by participants of this movement and the drivers and effects of individuals’ engagement therein. Specifically, using the lens of political consumerism, we look at the movement of self‐described Indignant Citizens in Greece to reveal the underlying motivations for participants to engage in this social movement, the dynamics of their engagement and the ways in which Indignant Citizens’ online presence enables identity expression, community‐building and social change. We draw on interpretive analysis of findings from eight focus groups with members of Indignant Citizens. The findings reveal how this movement and the shared identity developed amongst its members empower our participants by giving them a voice and engage them in role mobilization, drive specific actions towards the conceptualization of a shared utopia and provide them with a platform to organize action and employ desired practices for the co‐creation of useful and gratifying exchanges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media, social movements, political consumerism, identity, consumption, online, focus groups
Subjects: L300 Sociology
P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 16:10
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 09:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38407

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