Collectivity and Power on the Internet

A Sociological Perspective

  • Ulrich Dolata
  • Jan-Felix Schrape

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

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About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the manifestations and interrelations of collectivity and power on the internet from a sociological point of view. It addresses questions on how different forms of internet-based collectivities (masses, crowds, movements, communities ) could be understood and differentiated from one another. It presents analyses on the role technical infrastructures of the web play for their formation, how the mobilization and organization of social movements and social protests has changed through social media, how work and decision-making processes are organized in open source communities and why the essential segments of the commercial internet are today concentrated in the hands of a few corporations who dispose over significant economic, infrastructural and rule-setting power.


Collective Action in the Internet Age Social Collectives on the Internet Social Movements and the Internet Technical Foundations of Collective Behavior and Action Open Source Communities Internet and Market Concentration Innovation Strategies of Leading Internet Companies Dynamics of Commercial Internet Social Action and Behavior Sociology of Social Media Infrastructures of the Internet

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Dolata
    • 1
  • Jan-Felix Schrape
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social Sciences (SOWI VI)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Social Sciences (SOWI VI)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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