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New Media, New Logics: Power and Participation among Activists in Southern Stockholm
Karlstads universitet, Avdelningen för medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2011 (English)In: Internet Research 12.0 - Performance and Participation: Selected Papers in Internet Research, Seattle: AoIR , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the implications of the increasing use of social networking sites for political participation emerging outside parliamentary arenas. The paper is empirically based in a (n)ethnographic study of a network of middle-class activists in Aspudden and Midsommarkransen (southern Stockholm). They were engaged in issues such as saving the local bathhouse, lobbying for a cultural centre, preserve green areas and the quality of life in the attractive and well-located sister suburbs. The studies in Southern Stockholm suggest that an increase of social networking sites develops a new kind of network logic underlining identity negotiation as a motivator for political participation. This logic contributes to rationalized practices for expressions of affinity, which in turn disciplines the individual users to connectedness with like-minded people in the neighbourhood through continuous practices of updating

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Seattle: AoIR , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Political Participation, Network Logic, Late Modernity, Social Networking, Updating
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206231DiVA: diva2:676512
12th annual conference of the AoIR - Association of Internet Researchers
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2015-02-18

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