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White Twitter: Tracing the Evolution of the alt-right in Retweets, 2009-2016

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Title:White Twitter: Tracing the Evolution of the alt-right in Retweets, 2009-2016
Authors:Shahin, Saif
Ng, Yee Man Margaret
Keywords:Culture, Identity, and Inclusion
social network analysis
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Date Issued:07 Jan 2020
Abstract:The alt-right White Nationalist movement, which emerged in response to the election of America’s first Black president, adopted Twitter from the outset. Tracing its evolution over eight years in retweets, our study suggests that the movement was relatively small and factionalized until 2015—but its subgroups closed ranks following Donald Trump’s candidacy and became a blowhorn for his campaign. Integrating social network theory with the emerging view of race and politics as dynamic processes, our study advances a “technosocial” understanding of White Nationalism and its journey from the fringes to the center stage of American politics.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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