Gezi Park Protests
Use of Social Media in Protests
Mobilization Theory and Social Media
Resource mobilization theory “is a structural perspective of social movements that takes grievances as a given and thus seeks to explain the emergence, persistence, and decline of social movements by examining how social actors create or gain access to key resources to pursue a common agenda” (Corte, 2013, p.32). Resource mobilization theory makes clear that both the accessibility of applicable resources and peoples’ ability to successfully use such resources adequately is fundamental to social movements (Hamdy, 2009). One of the most significant impacts of the use of social media in the Occupy Gezi movement is the way it changed the flow of social mobilization. Social media offered both speed in communication transmissions and information sharing and a degree of social interactivity that the resource mobilization theory identified and deemed necessary for successful social mobilization;
Citizens use Social Media
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