Bruce Bimber, University of California, Santa Barbara
"The relationship between digital media and political mobilization is one of the most urgent and compelling issues of our era. In this superb book, Lance Bennett and Alexandra Segerberg explain how the web and social media are powerful mechanisms for political organization, while also revealing the forces that may blunt digital media's impact. This theoretically sophisticated, meticulously researched, and hugely exciting book will change the way you think about how people join together to fight for political change. The Logic of Connective Action is a work of brilliance, and an instant classic."
Andrew Chadwick, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London
"From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, from Turkey to Brazil, rapid and unexpected mass mobilizations keep surprising and fascinating us. Combing original thinking with rich empirical evidence, Lance Bennett and Alexandra Segerberg have written a path-breaking volume on the logics of connective action that allow for those impressive protests. Covering a broad range of transnational protest campaigns, they convincingly show the diverse ways in which new technologies can be used by different actors, responding to and promoting social and political innovations."
Donatella della Porta, European University Institute
"Combining careful empirical research with bold theorizing about the nature of "connective action", Bennett and Segerberg set a new standard for the systematic analysis of the role of digital communication in contentious politics. They fashion a deliberate path between conservative ("there is nothing new here") and optimistic ("the Internet has revolutionized everything") interpretations of the new digital communication. Arguing that while much contemporary activism still resembles the protest politics of old, they show that digital media have shared the work of mobilizing and organizing and, in some cases, do more of it than formal organizations."
Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University, author of Strangers at the Gates: Movements and States in Contentious Politics (Cambridge, 2012)
"W. Lance Bennett and Alexandra Segerberg's The Logic of Connective Action is a welcome introduction to the topic and should, I hope, convince more sociologists that our theories of movements should consider social media as a distinctive resource, one that transforms the way people engage in activism rather than simply augmenting traditional communications ... This book makes a strong case that social media and other forms of online activism should grab the attention of social movement scholars."
Brayden G. King, American Journal of Sociology
"Playing off Olson's title, Bennett and Segerberg describe the emerging development of 'connective' action, in which the lower costs of social media and the ability to claim credit for one's substantive contribution to policy debates have fueled new modes for personal political involvement. Through the development of a sophisticated matrix of mobilization types and techniques and a set of widely divergent case studies of social movement in a variety of political settings, they show the potential for technology to motivate, inform, and engage previously uninvolved individuals in the policy process ... Summing up: recommended."
S. E. Frantzich, Choice
'Scholars interested in social movements or activism, political organizing, political communication, civic engagement, new information and communications technologies, and media studies would find the book particularly useful. This path-breaking work, along with others (Bimber, Flanagin, and Stohl, 2012, and Castells, 2012), will change how we think about organization and contentious action for years to come.'
Hao Cao, International Journal of Communication