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Participation as a Pin: Engagement in Political Clubs in an Online Swedish LGTB Community
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article is based on a research project studying political discussions in the Swedish LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi- Transsexual) community Qruiser. Political discussions on Qruiser is defined as cultural participation and it is argued that not only may non institutionalized online arenas become spaces for political participation, we should broaden our focus to arenas of popular culture if aiming at understanding political participation in digital and late modern societies. The aim of this particular paper is to understand what motivated participation and how did participants understand their participating in Qruiser political clubs. This aim is operationalised by attending to a cultural method focusing on processes of meaning making. However, during the studied period very little participation took place in these clubs. The interview material suggests that club membership rather had the function of wearing a pin, in the digital age translated to displaying an icon on your profile page. It is further found that this declaration of content was important in a community primarily set up for dating. The paper then concludes that the participation in the clubs did not center on discussions, but rather around finding a potential date. The frame that thus motivated much of participation - here understood as displays of club memberships - was to find a date. Hence, political participation and dating are not mutually exclusive and may intersect in a network society.

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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223341DiVA: diva2:713011
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Available from: 2014-04-17 Created: 2014-04-17 Last updated: 2015-02-28

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