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Bits and AtomsInformation and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood$
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Steven Livingston and Gregor Walter-Drop

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199941599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199941599.001.0001

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Crisis-Mapping in Areas of Limited Statehood

Crisis-Mapping in Areas of Limited Statehood

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Bits and Atoms

Patrick Meier

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes how citizen-generated crisis maps replace governance in areas of limited statehood and distills the conditions for their success. Crises often challenge statehood and the delivery of government services. “Limited statehood” does not imply the absence of governance or services, but rather alternate forms. Crises prompt collective, self-help behavior among disaster-affected communities. Collective action—facilitated by new information and communication technologies—results in the creation of live crisis maps that identify the impact along with resulting needs for services. These maps reveal the limited contours of governance and reframe how power is perceived and projected. While live crisis maps outline the hollows of governance during upheaval, they also depict the full agency and public expression of citizens who self-organize to fill these troughs with alternative, parallel forms of services and thus governance. This public expression generates social capital between citizen volunteers—ties that facilitate future collective action.

Keywords:   crisis maps, collective action, self-organization, social capital

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