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Интернет и общественные движения: анализ развития тематики в базах ScienceDirect и Scopus

Социологический журнал. 2015. Т. 21. № 3. С. 105-128.

Interrelation of the Internet and social movements is one of the core problems for both research domains. This theme is growing more and more demanded and rapidly developing. However the research field is quite heterogeneous and its theoretical and methodological groundings might be not evident. The scholars use a diverse terminological range that hampers the knowledge growth.

In this article we suppose a historical inquiry to the field development in order to trace its thematic and disciplinary transformation. The key question is which stages can be defined and what is the context of the Internet and social movements subject development. We analyze the scientific journals in Science Direct and Scopus databases and suppose a range of explanatory models for understanding this trend.

We found general dynamics of Internet and social movements topic development and disciplinary areas which could be explained as a drivers of publications growth for different periods of time. The key findings demonstrate that subject consists of core and periphery publications, which persist in both databases. We study both articles that are dedicated to Internet and movements and those published in different fields. The discussion reveals the subject triggers on different stages: future studies, management and medicine input, social studies and finally Internet research. We also undercover that Internet and social movements are sometimes used in quite various context as symbols of social changes and new technology challenges for different institutions and groups.