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Characteristics of Online Political Participation among Activists in Southern Stockholm
Karlstads universitet, Avdelningen för medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2011 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is empirically based in a (n)ethnographic study of a network middle-class activists in Aspudden and Midsommarkransen (southern Stockholm) acting for example to save the local bathhouse, lobby for a cultural centre, preserve green areas and the quality of life in the attractive and well located sister suburbs. The theoretical starting points will be found in the borderland between sociological theories of the network society (Castells), media and communication theories about mediatization and media logic (Altheide) and theories of norms, values, discipline and power (Foucault).The paper discusses the implications of increasing use of social networking sites for political participation emerging outside parliamentary arenas. The paper concludes that in tandem with the increase of social networking sites develops a new kind of network logic underlining identity negotiation as a dominant motivator for political participation online. 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. This manifests itself more concretely through practices of joining e-mail lists, following twitter accounts, joining ning- and facebook groups. These practices does not necessarily mean that people in general will become more engaged in political actions in the neighbourhoods. However, when negotiating individuality through network visibility, referring and tying yourself to activist groups online, you will inevitably also become updated on their actions and hence may engage if suitable. In other words, online social networking makes them engagable.

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Reykjavik, 2011.
Keyword [en]
Political Participation, Social Networking Sites, Network Logic
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206233OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206233DiVA: diva2:676514
6th ECPR The European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Reykjavik
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2015-02-28

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