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Tying Transnational Activism to National Protest: Facebook Event Pages in the 2017 Romanian #rezist Demonstrations

Mercea, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-3762-2404 (2020). Tying Transnational Activism to National Protest: Facebook Event Pages in the 2017 Romanian #rezist Demonstrations. New Media and Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444820975725


This article considers the use of public social media in transnational expatriate activism. It is an investigation of connections among users of Facebook event pages associated with 122 cities worldwide where demonstrations took place in 2017, in support of the anti-corruption Romanian #rezist protests. An exploration of interconnections between socio-demographics, space and network characteristics, it probes the association of geographic location and the gender of page users to connectivity in comment and share networks to reveal a connectivity differential. Connections increased when users were active on the same pages whereas users’ common location related to comparatively lower levels of commenting but not sharing activity. At the same time, while a larger proportion of them were male, users displayed a systematic tendency to interact with the other gender. Renewed attention should thus be paid to socio-spatial variations in the use of social media that both localize and help bridge transnational activism.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Facebook, geolocation, gender, protest, transnational
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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