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New Directions in Networked Activism and Online Social Movement Mobilization: The Case of Anonymous and Project Chanology by Patrick Underwood

New Directions in Networked Activism and Online Social Movement Mobilization: The Case of Anonymous and Project Chanology by Patrick Underwood

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Source: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi?acc_num=ohiou1244228183
Source: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi?acc_num=ohiou1244228183

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 New Directions in Networked Activism and Online Social Movement Mobilization: TheCase of Anonymous and Project ChanologyA thesis presented tothe faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of Ohio UniversityIn partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the degreeMaster of ArtsPatrick C. UnderwoodJune 2009
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2This thesis titled New Directions in Networked Activism and Online Social Movement Mobilization: TheCase of Anonymous and Project Chanology byPATRICK C. UNDERWOODhas been approved for the Department of Sociology and Anthropologyand the College of Arts and Sciences byHoward T. Welser Assistant Professor of SociologyBenjamin M. OglesDean, College of Arts and Sciences
 
3ABSTRACTUNDERWOOD, PATRICK C., M.A., June 2009, Sociology New Directions in Networked Activism and Online Social Movement Mobilization: TheCase of Anonymous and Project Chanology (242 pp.)Director of Thesis: Howard T. Welser The present study explores the structural aspects of online communities and the potential of online communications technologies for social movement mobilization. Thisis accomplished through an examination of the online collective known as Anonymousand this group’s social movement activism targeted against the Church of Scientology.The research is primarily concerned with answering questions of how the social structuralcontexts of Anonymous as an online community influenced the growth and developmentof Project Chanology, how Anonymous is able to establish insider status and group boundaries without access to traditional markers of identity, and what, if any, form of leadership developed within Chanology. To answer these questions, a hybridmethodology consisting of a qualitative case study and network analysis is developed.Results indicate that Project Chanology was a highly fluid movement possessing aninformal, cell based leadership structure and that Anonymous was able to achieve stable boundaries by leveraging mastery over the group’s esoteric culture as a marker of insider status.Approved: _____________________________________________________________ Howard T. Welser Assistant Professor of Sociology

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