A pool of dreams: Facebook, politics and the emergence of a social movement

Clara Crivellaro, Rob Comber, John Bowers, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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In this paper we present insights from an empirical analysis of data from an emergent social movement primarily located on a Facebook page to contribute understanding of the conduct of everyday politics in social media and through this open up research agendas for HCI. The analysis focuses on how interactions and contributions facilitated the emergence of a collective with political will. We lay out an exploration of the intrinsic relationship between cultural memories, cultural expression and everyday politics and show how diverging voices coconstructed dynamic collectives capable of political action. We look at how interactions through the Facebook page challenge traditional ways for conceiving politics and the political. We outline possible research agendas in the field of everyday politics, which are sensitive to the everyday acts of resistance enclosed in the ordinary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014 - One of a CHInd
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings - Toronto, Canada - April 26 - May 1, 2014
EditorsAlbrecht Schmidt, Tovi Grossman
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450324731
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
Conference number: 32nd
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2556288 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI 2014
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  • Activism
  • Collectives
  • Discourse
  • Politics
  • Social media

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