There are two dominant threads in the literature. The first argues for the transformative power of social media, and numerous papers seek to illustrate this by reference to large social movements and forms of networked protest (think Arab Spring or Maidan Square). The second describes the use of social media for marketing and fundraising among charities and larger voluntary organisations. All this work highlights a dearth of material about the use of social media by smaller, more local community groups and organisations. Articles on social media in the community development literature are scarce.
Hence the relative significance of the primary research that Angus and I have conducted, which included a survey and some case study interviews. It was a small pilot study but we have sought to explain what are widely perceived as relatively high levels of non-use and lapsed use of social media in the community sector.
Some part-way-through reflections on the project were posted on the TSRC blog in April 2016.