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Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age

Edited by John G. McNutt

Publication Date - 24 August 2018

ISBN: 9780190903992

240 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Through an examination of online advocacy and social movements, social media, and traditional/electronic advocacy campaigns, Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age provides a fascinating look at the current practice and future of social change efforts.


Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age offers a close look at both the present nature and future prospects for social change. In particular, the text explores the cutting edge of technology and social change, while discussing developments in social media, civic technology, and leaderless organizations -- as well as more traditional approaches to social change. It effectively assembles a rich variety of perspectives to the issue of technology and social change; the featured authors are academics and practitioners (representing both new voices and experienced researchers) who share a common devotion to a future that is just, fair, and supportive of human potential. They come from the fields of social work, public administration, journalism, law, philanthropy, urban affairs, planning, and education, and their work builds upon 30-plus years of research. The authors' efforts to examine changing nature of social change organizations and the issues they face will help readers reflect upon modern advocacy, social change, and the potential to utilize technology in making a difference.


  • Examines both the present nature of and future prospects for social change
  • Features an array of perspectives from practitioners and scholars
  • Incorporates nascent approaches, such as civic technology

About the Author(s)

John G. McNutt, PhD, is Professor, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware. He is a specialist in the application of high technology to political and social engagement. He is currently working the application of data science to political action.


"Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age is a helpful supplementary text for social work practice within organizations and communities. And because it is essential for social workers to effectively advocate for clients, the text offers students and educators a better understanding of the utilization of technology to further social change practice." --The New Social Worker

"If someone at the onset of the industrial revolution were to write a similar book to this volume, history would have been different. McNutt and his associates provide us with an amazing overview of how information technology changed the field of advocacy. While many of us think that we know all that there is to know about modernity and advocacy, this volume demonstrates how little we know and how much is yet to come." -Ram A. Cnaan, PhD, Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

"John McNutt has assembled in this book an interesting, varied and - if I may say it - authoritative group of authors and contributions on the inter-connected topics of advocacy, organizing, social media, and technology. This collection makes for interesting reading and provides a 'state of the art' report that will serve as a continuing reference point for informing those unfamiliar with the topic and for future research and scholarship. " -Roger A. Lohmann, PhD, MA, Emeritus Professor, School of Social Work, West Virginia University

Table of Contents


    1: Introduction to the Book

    Section I
    Advocacy, Social Change, and Activism

    2: Advocacy, Social Change and Activism: Perspectives on Traditional and Electronic Practice in a Digital World
    John G. McNutt

    3: Advocacy as a Moral Imperative
    Patricia Libby

    4: Collaborative Contracting as Advocacy
    Lauren Miltenberger

    Section II
    Technology, Social Change, and Community

    5: The Energizing Citizen Action with The Power of Digital Technology: The Amplified Effort of the Newark Residents Against the Power Plant
    David B. Carter

    6: Social Justice 140 Characters at a Time: The Role of Twitter in Social Action
    Karen Zgoda and Kryss Shane

    7: The Civic Technology Movement: Implications for Nonprofit Theory and Practice
    Jonathan Justice, John G. McNutt, James Melitski, Michael Ahn, Nina David, Shariq Siddiqui, and John C. Ronquillo

    Section III
    Advocacy, Social Change, and Activism: Policy Level

    8: Advocacy of, by, and for the Internet: The 2012 Protests Against Anti-Piracy Legislation
    Lori A. Brainard and Justine Augeri

    9: Leave No Org Behind: Exploring the Digital Life of Community Action Agencies
    Lauri Goldkind and Suzanne Marmo Roman

    10: A Long, Strange Trip: Social Media Adoption in a Group of Technologically Sophisticated Child Advocacy Organizations
    John G. McNutt, Janice Barlow, and David Carter

    Section IV
    Global and
    International Social Change

    11: Social Media and Governance in China: Evolving Dimensions of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability
    Robert Warren and Yingying Zeng

    12: Policing Digital Sanctuaries: Exploring Environmental Advocacy through Technology-Enabled Monitoring and Enforcement Network Organizations
    Stephen Kleinschmit

    13: Social Media and Leaderless Social Movement Organizations: Implications for Transnational Advocacy
    Lori Brainard, Katherine M. Boland, and John G. McNutt

    14: The Future of Technology and Social Change Practice
    John G. McNutt


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