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Empowering rural youth with Facebook: lessons from a local Swedish case-study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (barn och ungdomsvetenskap)
2016 (English)In: Community Development Journal, ISSN 0010-3802, E-ISSN 1468-2656, Vol. 51, no 3, 436-451 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During recent years social media's possibilities and restrictions have been frequently discussed. In the small municipality Soderhamn, in Sweden, young adults made a Facebook group with the purpose of strengthening the young and increase their participation and influence in the municipality. This article describes what have happened in the municipality before this Facebook group arose and what its contributions have been, and discusses Facebook's opportunities to strengthen the young adults in rural areas. This Facebook group has affected life in the community, both practically and identity-wise, by increasing knowledge, proximity and interaction. However, the local stakeholders have not approached the group the way the young founders hoped.

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Oxford Journals , 2016. Vol. 51, no 3, 436-451 p.
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Social Work Human Geography
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284202DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsv024ISI: 000383152100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-284202DiVA: diva2:919995
Available from: 2016-04-15 Created: 2016-04-15 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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