Building an Electronic Repertoire of Contention

“This short paper examines the way in which the electronic repertoire of contention for online social movements is being built, and the means by which it will continue to evolve. Drawing on the work of Tilly and Tarrow, a number of possible explanations are examined for innovation within the online activist space, and for the diffusion of that innovation. Analysis suggests that several of the current approaches to understanding repertoire innovation are useful in describing the developing online repertoire. A hybrid model is proposed, integrating several of these approaches to provide a holistic description of electronic repertoire innovation and diffusion.” [read the full paper]
Rolfe, B. (2005) Building an Electronic Repertoire of Contention, Social Movement Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 65-74.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Social Movements in Action conference convened by the Research Initiative on International Activism in June 2003.

2 thoughts on “Building an Electronic Repertoire of Contention

  1. Sarah

    I was just wondering if you’ve done anything else with the cyber-diffusion model you outlined in your paper about “Building an Online Repertoire of Contention” or if you know whether anyone else has? I’m working on my dissertation and have found this paper and its language very useful.

  2. brett rolfe

    Hi Sarah,
    Glad you found it useful. While that paper has been cited in a couple of different places, as far as I know noone has pushed that particular model any further – and sadly I have not had time to revisit it to explore it further.
    If you are writing in the area, I’d love to see where you end up when you get to the point of being able to share your work.


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