Transnational anti-war activism: Solidarity, diversity and the Internet in Australia, Britain and the United states after 9/11

Kevin Gillan, Jenny Pickerill

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Abstract

The upsurge in activism opposing wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq appears to represent a significant process of transnational collective action. Using data collected through participant observation, interviews and web site analysis, this article explores the role of the Internet in facilitating transnational activism between Australia, Britain and the United States. This research confirms Tarrow's (2005a) assertion of 'rooted cosmopolitanism'- a primary commitment to locally contextualised action combined with a desire for transnational support. The Internet is used primarily for gathering news and for sharing symbolic expressions of solidarity. In Australia, in particular, with fewer domestic anti-war resources on-line, international networking proves particularly useful. To an extent, on-line networks reach across both political diversity and geographical boundaries. However, on-line resources do not appear to enable the more personal connections required to build stable, working coalitions across borders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-78
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Anti-War Movements
  • Network analysis
  • Transnational Movements

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