Twitter and student leadership in South Africa: the case of #FeesMustFall

SOURCE: Power Shift?: political leadership and social media
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.Bosch, T.M.Luescher, N.Makhubu
SOURCE EDITOR(S): D.Taras, R.Davis
KEYWORDS: #FEESMUSTFALL, LEADERSHIP, SOCIAL NETWORKING, STUDENTS PROTESTS, TWITTER, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11218
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15175

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Abstract

With the rapid proliferation of social media around the world, social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are increasingly becoming easily accessible vehicle for political expression and the formation of online networks by citizens. This chapter concentrates on the #FeesMustFall student protests at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2015 and 2016, focusing on Twitter and the role it played with respect to student leadership.