Collective Action “Going Digital”: Overcoming Institutional and Micro-Structural Constraints through Technology Use

  • Carol Soon Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Keywords: Political blogs, collective action, collective incentives, structural proximity, structural availability

Abstract

Traditionally, macro-level and micro-level approaches have been used in silos to explain and determine the threshold where one crosses from non-participation to participation in social movements. Technological advancements have enriched but also complicated the process of collective action. This qualitative study is based on the premise that a confluence between political economy approaches, micro-structural analysis and Internet studies is needed to dissect the dynamics behind technology use in collective action. Through in-depth interviews with 26 activist bloggers in Singapore, this study sheds light on how Internet technologies are used by activists to overcome issues of collective incentives, structural proximity and structural availability, and negotiate the institutional terrain.

Author Biography

Carol Soon, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Arts, Culture and Media Cluster

Institute of Policy Studies

Published
2013-12-15
How to Cite
Soon, C. (2013). Collective Action “Going Digital”: Overcoming Institutional and Micro-Structural Constraints through Technology Use. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 5(2), 200-213. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v5i2.220
Section
Research Papers