Title

___ Lives Matter: Current Movements Against Police Brutality

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Social Movements; ___ Lives Matter; Police Brutality

Abstract

___ Lives Matter is a study on the social construction of public response to police brutality. Our research strives to provide an overview of the relationship between outrage over police brutality and activism. Specifically, our objective is to uncover the goals and ideologies of activist groups and organizations that emerged in response to recent events regarding police brutality in the age of social media. Our central question is why now? Why did these activist movements begin so strongly now in comparison to the 1990s, when police brutality was just as prevalent and highly publicized? In addition, we want to determine the role of and type of resources available to these groups and the diversity (e.g., race/ethnicity, age, etc.) of the members and leaders involved. Our theory is that these movements spread from their points of origin via the increased level of communication through the use of advanced technology and social media, especially focusing on the role of personal video recording. In conducting this study, we will use internet searches via social media, websites, and news media stories in order to collect and uncover information about these activist groups and organizations. Specifically, we will examine these groups’ goals, ideologies, and activism using a qualitative content analysis in order to construct a narrative around the social meanings behind why _____ lives matter.

Poster Number

57

Faculty Mentor(s)

Nelson Pichardo, Pamela McMullin-Messier

Department/Program

Sociology

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

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___ Lives Matter: Current Movements Against Police Brutality

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

___ Lives Matter is a study on the social construction of public response to police brutality. Our research strives to provide an overview of the relationship between outrage over police brutality and activism. Specifically, our objective is to uncover the goals and ideologies of activist groups and organizations that emerged in response to recent events regarding police brutality in the age of social media. Our central question is why now? Why did these activist movements begin so strongly now in comparison to the 1990s, when police brutality was just as prevalent and highly publicized? In addition, we want to determine the role of and type of resources available to these groups and the diversity (e.g., race/ethnicity, age, etc.) of the members and leaders involved. Our theory is that these movements spread from their points of origin via the increased level of communication through the use of advanced technology and social media, especially focusing on the role of personal video recording. In conducting this study, we will use internet searches via social media, websites, and news media stories in order to collect and uncover information about these activist groups and organizations. Specifically, we will examine these groups’ goals, ideologies, and activism using a qualitative content analysis in order to construct a narrative around the social meanings behind why _____ lives matter.