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Demokratiskt rörelse? om sociala rörelser i en globaliserad värld

Joelsson, Sofia LU (2011) STVK01 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this thesis is to discuss the relationship between social movements and democracy in a globalized world. Social movements are understood as both compellers and sites of democracy. New technologies are creatively used by social movements, and the global web based movement Avaaz makes an interesting empirical case. Through an engagement with critical and normative theories of democracy, a framework for analyzing the democratic potential of social movements is developed. The framework consists of three levels: the meta perspective with democratic values, the institutional level with the movements practice of democracy, and the activist level which emphasize the role of participation. The framework is used to study Avaaz and the... (More)
The aim of this thesis is to discuss the relationship between social movements and democracy in a globalized world. Social movements are understood as both compellers and sites of democracy. New technologies are creatively used by social movements, and the global web based movement Avaaz makes an interesting empirical case. Through an engagement with critical and normative theories of democracy, a framework for analyzing the democratic potential of social movements is developed. The framework consists of three levels: the meta perspective with democratic values, the institutional level with the movements practice of democracy, and the activist level which emphasize the role of participation. The framework is used to study Avaaz and the material consists of earlier research and a textual analysis of Avaaz’s web page. The analyze shows that though Avaaz is having a democratic potential, the lack of transparency and recognition of the political are obstacles to fulfill the democratic values and contribute to a vibrant public sphere. (Less)
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author
Joelsson, Sofia LU
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course
STVK01 20111
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
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Transnational activism, Critical Theory, Globalization, Democracy, Social movements, Avaaz
language
Swedish
id
1968505
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2011-06-20 14:29:39
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  abstract     = {The aim of this thesis is to discuss the relationship between social movements and democracy in a globalized world. Social movements are understood as both compellers and sites of democracy. New technologies are creatively used by social movements, and the global web based movement Avaaz makes an interesting empirical case. Through an engagement with critical and normative theories of democracy, a framework for analyzing the democratic potential of social movements is developed. The framework consists of three levels: the meta perspective with democratic values, the institutional level with the movements practice of democracy, and the activist level which emphasize the role of participation. The framework is used to study Avaaz and the material consists of earlier research and a textual analysis of Avaaz’s web page. The analyze shows that though Avaaz is having a democratic potential, the lack of transparency and recognition of the political are obstacles to fulfill the democratic values and contribute to a vibrant public sphere.},
  author       = {Joelsson, Sofia},
  keyword      = {Transnational activism,Critical Theory,Globalization,Democracy,Social movements,Avaaz},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Demokratiskt rörelse? om sociala rörelser i en globaliserad värld},
  year         = {2011},
}