Data Activism and Social Change

  • Miren Gutiérrez

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-178

About this book


This book efficiently contributes to our understanding of the interplay between data, technology and communicative practice on the one hand, and democratic participation on the other. It addresses the emergence of proactive data activism, a new sociotechnical phenomenon in the field of action that arises as a reaction to massive datafication, and makes affirmative use of data for advocacy and social change. By blending empirical observation and in-depth qualitative interviews, Gutiérrez brings to the fore a debate about the social uses of the data infrastructure and examines precisely how people employ it, in combination with other technologies, to collaborate and act for social change.


data activism data communicative practice democracy social change data skills sociotechnology big data collective number-churning map-making action society collective number-churning maps

Authors and affiliations

  • Miren Gutiérrez
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  1. 1.University of DeustoSan SebastiánSpain

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