Media and Collective Action in Greece: From Indignation to Solidarity

Marina Prentoulis, Maria Kyriakidou

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Abstract

This article explores the role of media and communication processes in the organization of collective action in Greece in the context of the Aganaktismeni (Indignant) protests and subsequent solidarity networks. Theoretically, the article employs the concept of communication ecology to highlight the complex network of media platforms in which collective action is embedded. The concept allows us to explore collective action both within the specific cultural and political environment in Greece as well as beyond specific moments of political mobilization and across time. Based on interviews with activists from various solidarity networks in Athens, we discuss the use of media and unmediated communication practices employed for the organization and mobilization of collective action. We argue that these practices need to be explored beyond the moment of protest in order to better understand how collective action moves across social and political sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-40
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Collective action
  • Collective identity
  • Communication ecology
  • Protests
  • Social movements
  • Solidarity networks

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