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Power and Identity among Citizens in Networked Societies: Towards a Critical Study of Cultural E-Governance
Karlstads universitet, Avdelningen för medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2012 (English)In: E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy / [ed] Aroon Manoharan, Hershey: IGI Global , 2012, 109-127 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A classic question within studies of governance, and a key element for understanding the concept of citizenship, concerns what appears to be a paradox of being free and governed at the same time. In this chapter, I will return to this question, but departing from contemporary Western (Scandinavian) society, a society to which I attach labels such as digital, late modern and networked.This is a theoretical chapter addressing political participation, citizenship practices and power.Howdo people enter into citizenship through political participation online and what governs these processes? The contribution to the academic discussion on governance and citizenship is to highlight the expressive as an increasingly important rationale for political participation in networked and digital late modernity. I arrive at this conclusion departing from the intersections between technology, society and culture. In these intersections, expressive processes of identification are key. Therefore citizenship and political participation also need to be approached from an axis of individualism, creating even more intersections when combined with technology, society and culture. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: IGI Global , 2012. 109-127 p.
Keyword [en]
Internet in public administration, Electronic government information, Communication in public administration, Political participation, Technological innovations, Citizen participation
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206229ISBN: 978-1-61350-083-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206229DiVA: diva2:676542
Available from: 2012-02-17 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2015-02-28

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