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Data as narrative: contesting the right to the word

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 (2024) Data as narrative: contesting the right to the word. Social Movement Studies, 23 (3). 422 - 428. ISSN 1474-2837

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14742837.2024.2328581


This guest contribution to the Contentious Data special issue asks: What are the fundamental processes underlying the possibility of data activism? It argues that, if like everything else, social movements are being datafied, this operates on at least four levels: a change in the general conditions under which all social movements operate; data becoming either the specific or general object of activism; and finally, data becoming crucial to practices of movement resistance. Underlying this is a further pattern, that data as a narrative are increasingly an important aspect of contestation in contemporary politics. I interpret this general phenomenon through the lens of the social theory of Alberto Melucci and the leader of the Zapatistas movement, Subcomandante Marcos.

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Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > Q Science (General)
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 11:18
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 02:12

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