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(Mis)Understanding Political Participation

Digital Practices, New Forms of Participation and the Renewal of Democracy

Jeffrey Wimmer Cornelia Wallner Rainer Winter Karoline Oelsner



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10 December 2019
Media studies; Political campaigning & advertising
The practices of participation and engagement are characterised by complexities and contradictions. All celebratory examples of uses of social media, e.g. in the Arab spring, the Occupy movement or in recent LGBTQ protests, are deeply rooted in human practices. Because of this connection, every case of mediated participation should be perceived as highly contextual and cannot be attributed to one (social) specific media logic, necessitating detailed empirical studies to investigate the different contexts of political and civic engagement. In this volume, the theoretical chapters discuss analytical frameworks that can enrich our understanding of current contexts and practices of mediated participation. The empirical studies explore the implications of the new digital conditions for the ways in which digitally mediated social interactions, practices and environments shape everyday participation, engagement or protest and their subjective as well societal meaning.
Edited by:   Jeffrey Wimmer, Cornelia Wallner, Rainer Winter, Karoline Oelsner
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   472g
ISBN:   9780367876647
ISBN 10:   0367876647
Pages:   258
Publication Date:   10 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: (Mis-)Understanding political participation Jeffrey Wimmer, Cornelia Wallner, Rainer Winter, and Karoline Oelsner Part I: Practices of participation and citizenship 1. (New) Forms of digital participation? Toward a resource-model of adolescents' digital engagement Annika Schreiter, Sven Joeckel and Klaus Kamps 2. Long-lasting shadows of (post)communism? Generational and ethnic divides in political and civic participation in Estonia Veronika Kalmus, Ragne Kouts-Klemm, Mai Beilmann, Andu Rammer and Signe Opermann 3. Enhanced inter-visibility. The experience of civic engagement in social media Maria Francesca Murru 4. 'I am not a consumer person' - Political participation in repair cafes Sigrid Kannengiesser 5. Intimate citizenship politics and digital media: Teens' discourses, sexual normativities and popular social media Sander de Ridder and Sofie van Bauwel Part II: Mediated representations of participation and citizenship 6. The Indignados in the European Press: beyond the protest paradigm? Maria Kyriakidou, Jose Javier Olivas Osuna and Maximillian Hanska Ahy 7. Speak your mind: Mediatized political participation through second screens. Udo Goettlich and Martin R. Herbers 8. My body, my decision . The abortion debate and twitter as a counterpublic sphere for women in Turkey Perrin OEgun Emre and Gulum Sener 9. Repeat, remediate, resist? Meme activism in the context of the refugee crisis Elena Pilipets and Rainer Winter Part III: (Re-)Framing participation and citizenship 10. Towards a framework for studying political participation in social media Julie Uldam

Jeffrey Wimmer is Professor in the Institute of Media, Knowledge and Communication at Augsburg University, Germany. Cornelia Wallner is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication Science and Media Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. Rainer Winter is Professor of Media and Cultural Theory and head of the Institute of Media and Communication Studies at Klagenfurt University, Austria. Karoline Oelsner is a researcher in the Department of Public Relations and Communication of Technology at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany.

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