[Air-L] The Internet & Politics: Key Readings

Andrea Kavanaugh kavan at vt.edu
Sun Aug 9 15:07:50 PDT 2009

hi Bill (Stephen), all,

this is a great project.  thanks for taking it on.  since Stephen  
Coleman has mentioned some of my work, I can provide you with this  
more detailed set of citations:
Kavanaugh, A., Pérez-Quiñones, M., Tedesco, J. and Sanders, W. (in  
press) Toward a Virtual Town Square in the Era of Web 2.0. In Jeremy  
Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup and Matthew Allen (Eds.) Handbook of  
Internet Research. Surrey, UK: Springer.

Kavanaugh, A., Kim, B.J., Schmitz, J. and Pérez-Quiñones, M. 2008. Net  
Gains in Political Participation: Secondary effects of the Internet on  
community. Information, Communication and Society, 11(7): 933-963.

Kavanaugh, A., Zin, T.T., Rosson, M.B., Carroll, J.M., Schmitz, J. and  
Kim, B.J. 2007. Local Groups Online: Political learning and  
participation. Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 16  
(September): 375-395.

Kavanaugh, A., Carroll, J.M., Rosson, M.B., Reese, D.D. & Zin, T.T.  
2005. Participating in civil society: The case of networked  
communities. Interacting with Computers 17, 9-33.

Kavanaugh, A. Reese, D.D., Carroll, J.M., & Rosson, M.B. 2003. Weak  
Ties in Networked Communities, pp. 265-286. In M. Huysman, E. Wenger &  
V. Wulf (Eds). 2003. Communities and Technologies. The Netherlands:  
Kluwer Academic Publishers.  Reprinted (2005) in The Information  
Society 21 (2), 119-131.

Kavanaugh, A. 2003. When Everyone is Wired: The Impact of the Internet  
on Families in Networked Communities, pp. 423-437. In J. Turow and A.  
Kavanaugh (eds.) The Wired Homestead: An MIT Press Sourcebook on the  
Internet and the Family. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kavanaugh, A. and Patterson, S. 2001. The impact of community computer  
networks on social capital and community involvement. American  
Behavioral Scientist, 45 (3): 496-509.

On Jul 21, 2009, at 8:34 PM, Stephen Coleman wrote:

> This sounds like a very interesting project, Bill. In the interest  
> of provoking some discussion, I'm responding via the open list. I  
> suppose that I would categorise works under three broad headings: i)  
> those that have reflected in interesting theoretical ways about new  
> relationships of political mediation arising from the Internet; ii)  
> empirical studies of particular projects, applications and  
> institutional adaptations; and iii) policy analyses and proposals  
> relating to the Internet and politics, ranging from open source  
> software to WSIS to the evaluation of government-funded initiatives.
> Under i, I would want to go back to the 1987 work by Arterton on  
> Teledemocracy. In many respects, he raised most of the theoretical  
> questions about media interactivity and politics that we are still  
> asking today. These questions have been subsequently addressed in  
> interesting ways by Wilhelm (2000) and Bimber (2003) and in several  
> chapters in volumes edited by Hague and Loader (1999), Axford and  
> Huggins (2000), Quah et al (2007) and Chadwick and Howard (2009. I  
> also think that Blumler and Kavanagh's 1999 article on 'the third  
> age of political communication' is a seminal piece in its account of  
> the transition to a new media era - and that Nick Couldry's recent  
> work on mediatization and mediation is illuminating.
> Under ii, there is much that is worth including. I would certainly  
> include key works by Hampton and Wellman, and Kavanaugh and  
> Patterson on the Internet and social capital; Bennett on the  
> Internet and collective action; Gibson and Ward on political  
> parties; and various chapters from the three volumes on the Internet  
> and youth citizenship edited by Bennett, Loader and Dahlgren. Work  
> by Richard Rogers, Warren Sack and John Kelly has been very useful  
> in relation to the potential of the Internet for public  
> deliberaration.
> There is less immediately obvious material to be included within the  
> third category. There are some good articles written, jointly and  
> separately, by John Street and Scott Wright - and Arthur Edwards,  
> Robin Mansell, Laurence Monnoyer-Smith and Lincoln Dahlberg have all  
> had interesting things to say. In my own work, conducted firstly in  
> collaboration with John Gotze and then with Jay Blumler, an effort  
> has been made to connect theory and experimentation to questions of  
> policy.
> So, you will have no problem in filling four volumes. It would be  
> stimulating if some discussion within this list could not only guide  
> your choices, but perhaps articulate some of the different ways in  
> which scholars have made sense of the Internet-Politics literature.
> Stephen Coleman
> Professor of political Communication and Director of Research
> Institute of Communications Studies
> University of Leeds
> New book: The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory; Practice;  
> Policy: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521817523
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