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From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media

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Edited By Eduardo Cintra Torres and Samuel Mateus

From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media presents a study of collective action in the 21 st century. Experts from Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Political Communication and Media Studies offer a multidisciplinary approach to social formations in contemporary collective action. The various contributions discuss the relevance of media and communications in social movements and how social mobilization has changed in mediatized societies.
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Release the Numbers! Multitudes, Crowds, Publics… and Audiences

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Introduction

This chapter addresses a key question of modern democratic politics: that of representation through numbers. Numbers make social collectives visible in a highly effective, abstract, economical way, and contribute to give them legitimacy. This is linked to the centrality of elections in modern democratic regimes (so much so that non-democratic regimes almost all ape democratic elections). But, more recently, it has been part of a rise of a Western, and increasingly global culture of ranking and competition through numbering, much beyond politics.

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