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From national identity to state legitimacy: Mobilizing digitally networked publics in eastern Ukraine

From national identity to state legitimacy: Mobilizing digitally networked publics in eastern... Social media enable broad and diverse publics to mobilize around a shared collective identity. In this article, the authors use social movement literature and studies of peace and conflict to foreground the role of platform-mediated communication in creating a national identity in a fragile state. We argue that, by affording activists with a possibility of public, yet anonymous interactions, social media may play a crucial role in conferring state legitimacy during a violent conflict. Investigating the case of Mariupol, Ukraine, where a small group of citizens employed social media to support and legitimize the Ukrainian state among the city population, the authors illuminate the use of new media affordances to construct a national identity among digitally networked publics, mobilizing support for a threatened state. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Media, War & Conflict" SAGE

From national identity to state legitimacy: Mobilizing digitally networked publics in eastern Ukraine

"Media, War & Conflict" , Volume 13 (3): 22 – Sep 1, 2020

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2019
ISSN
1750-6352
eISSN
1750-6360
DOI
10.1177/1750635219829161
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Abstract

Social media enable broad and diverse publics to mobilize around a shared collective identity. In this article, the authors use social movement literature and studies of peace and conflict to foreground the role of platform-mediated communication in creating a national identity in a fragile state. We argue that, by affording activists with a possibility of public, yet anonymous interactions, social media may play a crucial role in conferring state legitimacy during a violent conflict. Investigating the case of Mariupol, Ukraine, where a small group of citizens employed social media to support and legitimize the Ukrainian state among the city population, the authors illuminate the use of new media affordances to construct a national identity among digitally networked publics, mobilizing support for a threatened state.

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"Media, War & Conflict"SAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2020

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