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Title: Digital Activism and the Political Cultures of Trade Unionism
Authors: Wilkin, P
Dencik, L
Keywords: Digital technologies;Political culture;Trade Union
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Media, Culture and Society
Abstract: Debates on digital activism have often focused on the ways in which emerging forms of media have facilitated new forms of protest dynamics and mobilisations that center on particular activist cultures associated with more spontaneous and horizontal ways of organizing. Much less attention has been paid to the ways in which key organized political forms, such as trade unions, have engaged with digital activism. The place of digital activism in relation to trade unionism is a crucial area of concern at a time when conditions of work, and the ability to protect workers’ rights, have been transformed by a congruence of technological developments, neoliberal ideology and rising corporate power. Wage stagnation and precarity have been the markers of the digitized economy, particularly since the financial crisis of 2008, with the prominence of low-wage labour markets intrinsically linked to the growth of a so-called ‘gig economy’. As part of a wider labour movement, unions occupy a central role in taking on the crises of the twenty-first century.
ISSN: 0163-4437
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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