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South African Student Movement 2015-16: Twitter campaigns from #RhodesMustFall to #FeesMustFall

This data set focuses on Part 1 of the project - Social media and student leadership in South Africa, where data was harvested from Twitter.

About 803563 tweets were extracted from the following campaigns: #RhodesMustFall, #OpenStellenbosch, #FeesMustFall and #OutsourcingMustFall.

The Social media and student leadership in South Africa focal point is on 'hashtag politics', with the following key questions of interest:

  • What was the role of social media activism during the 2015/16 student movement?
  • What was the relationship between social media activism and student leadership?
  • How did social media use reflect and/or impact on protests on the ground?