Presentation Title

The Use of ICTs and Global Social Movements: Amnesty International, a Case Study

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Transnational Social Movements create opportunities for the average citizen to create change on a global scale. This study covers the main characteristics of transnational social movements and how they have surpassed borders in the global era using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). An analysis of transnational social movements, specifically Amnesty International, shows that these transnational movements are reticulate, polycentric, and segmentary. Their reticulate nature refers to how they function as networks and without borders. They are polycentric because they have centers in numerous countries organizing activism. Finally, transnational movements are segmentary as formal organizations that create platforms for varying levels of involvement.

Amnesty International has been a successful transnational social movement because its formal structure delivers many forms of participation and can organize resources for local social issues. The interconnectedness of the world through ICTs provides transnational movements the opportunity to develop a global community that is inclusive, providing political opportunities for activists. Amnesty International began as a movement against mistreatment of prisoners and has expanded its agenda to include various social issues. This organization has utilized ICTs to communicate with people all over the world and mobilize its members. Technology has been an essential tool for transnational movements to connect members to distribute information sometimes using cyberactivism as well as physical transportation. This study contributes to the understanding and importance of using ICTs for transnational social movements to create citizen activists in shadow of global capitalism.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty Advisor

Monica Sánchez-Flores

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The Use of ICTs and Global Social Movements: Amnesty International, a Case Study

Transnational Social Movements create opportunities for the average citizen to create change on a global scale. This study covers the main characteristics of transnational social movements and how they have surpassed borders in the global era using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). An analysis of transnational social movements, specifically Amnesty International, shows that these transnational movements are reticulate, polycentric, and segmentary. Their reticulate nature refers to how they function as networks and without borders. They are polycentric because they have centers in numerous countries organizing activism. Finally, transnational movements are segmentary as formal organizations that create platforms for varying levels of involvement.

Amnesty International has been a successful transnational social movement because its formal structure delivers many forms of participation and can organize resources for local social issues. The interconnectedness of the world through ICTs provides transnational movements the opportunity to develop a global community that is inclusive, providing political opportunities for activists. Amnesty International began as a movement against mistreatment of prisoners and has expanded its agenda to include various social issues. This organization has utilized ICTs to communicate with people all over the world and mobilize its members. Technology has been an essential tool for transnational movements to connect members to distribute information sometimes using cyberactivism as well as physical transportation. This study contributes to the understanding and importance of using ICTs for transnational social movements to create citizen activists in shadow of global capitalism.