Manuel Castells: Networked Social Movements: Changing the World in the Network Society

Networked Social Movements: Changing the World in the Network Society

The emergence of new social movements has lately become a hot topic, as seen by the recent media popularity of groups such as Occupy or Spain’s Indignados. In his Holberg Lecture, sociologist Manuel Castells aims to conceptualise their relation with the Internet, or what he defines as the networked social movement. Castells holds forth that the Internet not only centralises our communicational routines, but also liberates individuals to shape a new autonomy, to reclaim power and to shake the political scene, leading to social change. By coordinating their offline behaviour and actions with online initiatives, networked social movements could become ‘super counter powers’ that are able to articulate in multiple settings, and thereby achieve an hereto unseen political accountability. Castells develop and discuss these ideas further in his book Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age (2012) 

Manuel Castells is the Holberg Prize Laureate 2012. He is University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He is also Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. His many books include City, Class, and Power (1978), The Rise of the Network Society (1996), The Internet Galaxy (2001), and Communication Power (2009).

Holberg Symposium 2012: Media and Democracy

The Holberg symposium 2012 was held in honour of Holberg Laureate Manuel Castells. The symposium is composed of lectures and talks by Manuel Castells, Göran Therborn, Helen Margetts, Andrew Chadwick, Terhi Rantanen, Annabelle Sreberny and William Dutton.