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Participation as a Pastime: Political Discussion in a Queer Community Online
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
2015 (English)In: Javnost - The Public, ISSN 1318-3222, Vol. 22, no 3, 283-297 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on a research project studying political discussions in the Swedish queer online community Qruiser. The research is netnographic through online participant observations in ­political forum discussions on Qruiser as well as participant interviews during November 2012. Acknowledging sites of popular culture as pivotal for political participation, together with the importance of affinity communities for engaging subjectively in larger political issues, this explorative study discusses what type of participation took place on Qruiser. Using as its point of departure deliberative and radical pluralist approaches to participation, the paper concludes that the participation in Qruiser can neither be described as deliberation nor agonism. Rather, a picture emerges of rude and antagonistic participation as a pastime, a way to have fun. 

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2015. Vol. 22, no 3, 283-297 p.
Keyword [en]
Agonism, Antagonism, Deliberative Democracy, Flaming, Identity, Online Community, Political Participation, Queer, Radical Pluralism, Trolling
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262558DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2015.1060014ISI: 000369143800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262558DiVA: diva2:854259
Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-16 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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