[Air-L] Teaching an undergraduate course on social media and power dynamics

Elena Pavan elena.pavan at sns.it
Fri Feb 9 23:14:36 PST 2018

Hi Shira,

i would recommend a few readings -

Castells, M. (2011) ‘A network theory of power’, International Journal 
of Communication, 5,
773–87, available at: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1136/553.

González-Bailón, S., Borge-Holthoefer, J., & Moreno, Y. (2013). 
Broadcasters and hidden influentials in online protest
diffusion. American Behavioral Scientist, 57, 943–965.

and, with a little bit of self promotion

Pavan, E. (2017). “The integrative power of online collective action 
networks beyond protest. Exploring social media use in the process of 
institutionalization”. Social Movement Studies vol 16(4): 433-446 [ISSN: 

Padovani, C. and E. Pavan. (2016). “Global Governance and ICTs. 
Exploring online governance networks around Gender and Media”, Global 
Networks, 16(3): 350-371 [ISSN: 1470-2266].

hope this helps


Il 08/02/2018 10:19, Shira Rivnai ha scritto:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd be pleased to receive some of your good advice.
> Next semester, I am teaching an undergraduate course on social media and
> power dynamics. I would be grateful if you could share some 'must read'
> articles that were published in the field last year.
> In addition, I would be also happy for suggestions of film segments or
> animated videos illustrating aspects related to the field, e.g. journalism,
> algorithms, social action etc.
> Thank you,

Elena Pavan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi - Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123 Firenze
email: elena.pavan at sns.it
telephone: +39 055 2673330

Adjunct Professor
Dipartimento Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Università di Trento
via Verdi 26
38122 Trento
email: elena.pavan at unitn.it
telephone: +39 (0)461 28 1378

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