Paying for the Revolution in Monopoly Money

by Julian Gottlieb In my last post for RA, I made the case for movements to be more strategically adaptive; to evolve, pivot on issues, and tinker with new tactics. This may seem a bit obvious; duh! movements have to change with the times and try new tactics when old ones decay in efficacy over…

The Return of Revolutionary Narratives and the Future of Revolution

by Guobin Yang Recently, the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association was held in Philadelphia. The theme of the meeting was “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time.” This sounded like a call for the return of grand narratives. A return, because there was once a time for grand…

“Far from the Official Lights of Facebook Walls and Pages”: Backstage Activism and the Enduring Significance of Internal Communicative Dynamics within Digital Social Movements

by Emiliano Treré In 2012, after one year as a lecturer in Mexico, an unexpected event changed both the face of the country and the direction of my research. During the national elections in May, the #YoSoy132 movement emerged as a new social actor asking for transparent ballots, denouncing the manipulation of the Televisa media…

The Revolutionary Resonance of Praxis: Zapatismo as Public Pedagogy

James Anderson is a Ph.D student in Mass Communications and Media Arts at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His interests include social movements, alternative media, Amy Goodman, critical theory, prefigurative politics, horizontalidad, political economy and praxis. This week, James explores the practices of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. A little over 20 years ago,…

From optimism to delusion: Cyber-technologies, democracy and surveillance

Géraud de Ville is a PhD student at the Open University, Department of Engineering & Innovation. His research focuses on the use of information and communication technologies by indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield. In addition, he is a researcher on the EU-funded @Project_Cobra that uses participatory video and photo to disseminate community-owned solutions for…

Social Media Helped Egyptians Win Their Revolution, and now it is Helping Them in Their Fight against Sexual Harassment

Heba Elsayed is a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics. Heba’s thesis, comparing three different classes in Cairo, examines the construction of young Egyptians’ cosmopolitan identities at the juxtaposition of a socially divided urban world. In her guest post for RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM, Heba examines HarassMap, a new initiative in Egypt.   Egyptians may have…