Raising and Rising Voices in Social Media

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This 2012 paper develops a novel methodology for modeling cyber-collective social networks (CSMs) from individual, community, and transnational perspectives. The authors do this by utilizing existing collective action theories and computational approaches for social network analysis. Using the online campaigns of Saudi women’s rights activist Wajeha al-Huwaider as a case study, the authors establish a rigorous and fundamental method for analysis to explain CSMs in complex multicultural settings.

This article will be of particular use to researchers and practitioners analysing social networks in complex online environments. Emerging CSMs have frequently made headlines in the news. However, despite their popularity, the authors argue that there is a lack of systematic methodologies to empirically study such movements in complex online environments. The methodology utilized by the authors assists in observing the transcending nature of CSMs for modeling transnational outreach. 

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Nitin Agarwal, Merlyna Lim, Rolf Wigand