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

Stephen Coleman S.Coleman at leeds.ac.uk
Sun Aug 9 15:09:42 PDT 2009

Thanks - that's useful for me.

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
From: Andrea Kavanaugh [kavan at vt.edu]
Sent: 09 August 2009 23:07
To: William Dutton
Cc: air-l at listserv.aoir.org; Stephen Coleman
Subject: Re: [Air-L] The Internet & Politics: Key Readings

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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