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Drive-By Solidarity

Wright, Jared M and Kelly-Thompson, Kaitlin and Weldon, S Laurel and Goldwasser, Dan and Einwohner, Rachel L and Sinclair-Chapman, Valeria and Tormos-Aponte, Fernando (2022) Drive-By Solidarity. Contention, 10 (2). 25 - 55. ISSN 2572-7184

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<jats:p>This article offers a theoretical and empirical exploration of a form of solidarity in which one group spontaneously mobilizes in support of another, unrelated group. It is a fleeting solidarity based not on shared identity but on temporarily aligned goals, one aimed less at persistence and more at short-term impact. We call this <jats:italic>drive-by</jats:italic> solidarity because of its spontaneous, unilateral, and unsolicited nature. We argue that it is a “thinner” form of solidarity in comparison to “thicker” forms usually conceptualized in the social movement literature. We examine the case of Anonymous’s “Operation KKK” (#OpKKK), an online hacktivist campaign to expose Ku Klux Klan members carried out in support of #BlackLivesMatter protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, in November 2014, and we use social media data to show that, while BLM and Anonymous networks temporarily coordinated during the protests, there is no subsequent evidence of long-term coordination.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wright, Jared M
Kelly-Thompson, Kaitlin
Weldon, S Laurel
Goldwasser, Dan
Einwohner, Rachel L
Sinclair-Chapman, Valeria
Tormos-Aponte, Fernando
Date: 1 December 2022
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Contention
Volume: 10
Number: 2
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Page Range: 25 - 55
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3167/cont.2022.100203
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2572-7184
Date Deposited: 05 May 2023 15:09
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 04:55


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