Dr. Doug Tewksbury, associate professor of communication studies at Niagara University, recently published an article in the Canadian Journal of Communication, an independent journal that is produced quarterly to advance the development of communication and journalism education in Canada.
Tewksbury’s article, “Digital Solidarity, Analogue Mobilization: An Ethnography of the Technology-Embedded Protest Networks of the Québec Student Strike,” presents the results of an ethnographic study of the online and offline communities participating in the “Maple Spring” student strike in Québec as a case study for theorizing the trajectory of the technology-embedded social movement.
Analyzing data collected during field visits that include more than 50 interviews with participants, community organizers, union representatives, community-media producers and activists, the study suggests the strategy of using mediated exchanges in order to both build community belonging and share information/knowledge can be effective in mobilizing boots-on-the-ground actions as a means of democratic participation and social change for today’s hybridized social movements and direct actions.
Tewksbury possesses a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. from Suffolk University, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications. He has been a member of the faculty at Niagara University since 2009. In 2013-14, he was awarded the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Tewksbury’s research uses a critical cultural studies approach to theorize emerging participatory media technologies, particularly the way that social movements are using social and mobile media. His work centers on the democratic possibilities of collaborative media technologies, exploring the ways the cultural practices of online-offline communities can lead to democracy, citizenship, creativity and human rights.