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Investigating the patterns and prevalence of UK Trade Unionism on Twitter

Chivers, William, Blakely, Helen and Davies, Stephen 2017. Investigating the patterns and prevalence of UK Trade Unionism on Twitter. Presented at: 2017 International Conference on Social Media & Society, Toronto, ON, Canada, 28-30 July 2017. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series New York, NY: Association of Computing Machinery, 10.1145/3097286.3097315

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Abstract

This paper reports on on-going exploratory research into the prevalence and patterns of social media use by trade unions in the United Kingdom. Social media platforms, like Twitter, are used by unions to organize and mobilize existing and potential members by communicating relevant content, which often engages politicians and the news media. However, there is little empirical research examining how trade unions use social media in practice. This research addresses this gap by employing digital methods to analyze trade union activity on Twitter, namely, exploring key characteristics of Twitter use by UK unions and mapping dynamic networks of associations around labour movement issues. Findings are discussed in the context of collective and connective action. The methodological implications for studying civil society organizations online are also considered.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Association of Computing Machinery
ISBN: 9781450348478
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 August 2017
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 22:50
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103342

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