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2020 / Issue 2: Digital activism: hybrid repertoires between mobilization, organization and mediation

FJ SB, vol. 33/2020, issue 2, De Gruyter, 193 pages

Everything digital

Protest and counter-protest, rule and resistance can only be thought of today in the context of the digitized society, its special possibilities, dynamics and dangers. Digital interactions change social relationships and thus also the form and functioning of social movements and protests. In order to initiate mobilizations, mediating organizations are not necessarily required in the digital context; sometimes just one click is enough to take part in them. Movements, on the other hand, only become visible and addressable through their digital work.


This issue follows on from earlier focal points of the journal and continues the research by considering the digital as an indispensable element of protest and social movements. In a digitized society, the conditions of mobilization adapt, new forms of collectivity emerge and tactical innovations emerge. These developments must be viewed in their context with established movement cultures, mass media and political institutions.

Digital future

The future ability of digital activism to act depends to a large extent on the politics of those platforms whose media infrastructures the activists appropriate. However, those involved need to be aware of the limitations and dangers they face when using social media and proprietary platforms. For emancipatory projects and self-determined digital activism, a stronger exchange between the respective collective actors and the tech activists who advocate civil society-oriented digital realities is required

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Table of Contents


  • Maik Fielitz, Leslie Gauditz, Daniel Staemmler, Verena Stern: Digital activism: hybrid repertoires between mobilization, organization and mediation

Current analysis

  • Gösta Gantner, Wolfgang-Michael Klein: "No patent on life" !? On the influence of environmental policy actors on the development of biopatenting in Germany and Europe
  • Leslie Gauditz: Urban struggles between state and activism: The Athens district of Exarcheia after the change of government in 2019/2020

Thematic focus

  • Maik Fielitz and Daniel Staemmler: hashtags, tweets, protest? Variants of digital activism download
  • Ann-Kathrin Koster: The radical democratic moment of hashtag activism
  • Kathrin Fahlenbrach: Video Activism: Forms and Strategies of Audiovisual Mobilization on the Net
  • Manès Weisskircher: New truths from the far right? Alternative news and “right-wing populism” in Germany
  • Ann-Kathrin Rothermel: The Manosphere. The role of digital communities and regressive movement dynamics for online and offline anti-feminism

Pulse rate

  • Greta Jasser and Agnes Wankmüller: Alt-Right, Alt-Tech, Alt-Internet? Rights online platforms and their function
  • Simin Jawabreh and Anton Haffner: Social Movements in the Digital Age. A report on the IPB annual conference
  • Tanja Kollodzieyski and Janine Dieckmann Empowerment, Emancipation and Everyday Life: The Inclusion Project @ 54Kontraste

IPB observed

  • Daniel Mullis: Protest in times of Covid-19: Between a ban on assemblies and new options for action