[Air-L] new book - Social Media and Democracy
dan.mercea at york.ac.uk
Wed Feb 1 11:04:49 PST 2012
This might be of interest to you. Together with Brian Loader we are
delighted to announce the publication of our edited volume ‘Social Media
and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics’ (Routledge,
Please see below for a short abstract and the table of contents.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
This book critically investigates the complex interaction between social
media and contemporary democratic politics, and provides a grounded
analysis of the emerging importance of Social media in civic engagement.
Social media applications such as /Facebook/, /Twitter/, and /YouTube/,
have increasingly been adopted by politicians, political activists and
social movements as a means to engage, organize and communicate with
citizens worldwide. Drawing on Obama’s Presidential campaign, opposition
and protests in the Arab states, and the mobilization of support for
campaigns against tuition fee increases and the /UK Uncut/
demonstrations, this book presents evidence-based research and analysis.
Renowned international scholars examine the salience of the network as a
metaphor for understanding our social world, but also the centrality of
the Internet in civic and political networks. Whilst acknowledging the
power of social media, the contributors question the claim it is a
utopian tool of democracy, and suggests a cautious approach to
facilitate more participative democracy is necessary.
Providing the most up-to-date analysis of social media, citizenship and
democracy, Social /Media and Democracy/ will be of strong interest to
students and scholars of Political Science, Social Policy, Sociology,
Communication Studies, Computing and Information and Communications
1. Introduction: Networking democracy? Social media innovations in
participatory politics /BRIAN D. LOADER and DAN MERCEA/ *Part 1: Social
Movements: Pushing the Boundaries of Digital Political Participation* 2.
Digital Media and the Personalization of Collective Action: Social
Technology and the Organization of Protests Against the Global Economic
Crisis /W. LANCE BENNETT and ALEXANDRA SEGERBERG / 3. Communication in
Movement: social movements as agents of participatory democracy
/DONATELLA DELLA PORTA/ *Part 2: Participation Dynamics: Intersections
Between Social and Traditional Media* 4. Poverty in the News: A Framing
Analysis of Coverage in Canada and the United Kingdom /JOANNA REDDEN/ 5.
The News Media as Networked Political Actors: How Italian Media are
Reclaiming Political Ground Political Ground by Harnessing Online
Participation /CRISTIAN VACCARI/ 6. Trust, Confidence, Credibility:
Citizen Responses on Twitter to Opinion Polls During the 2010 UK General
Election /NICK ANSTEAD, BEN O’LOUGHLIN, LAWRENCE AMPOFO / 7. What the
Hashtag? A Content Analysis of Canadian Politics on Twitter /TAMARA
SMALL/ *Part 3: Digital Political Participation in Stasis or Flux?* 8.
The Political Competence of Internet Participants- Evidence from Finland
/HENRIK SERUP CHRISTENSEN and ÅSA BENGTSSON/ 9. Reaching Citizens
Online: How Youth Organizations are Evolving their Web Presence /JANELLE
WARD/ 10. Online Youth Civic Attitudes and the Limits of Civic
Consumerism: the Emerging Challenge to the Internet’s Democratic
Potential /ROMAN GERODIMOS/ 11. Constructing Australian Youth Online:
Empowered but Dutiful Citizens? /ARIADNE VROMEN/ 12. Online
Participation: New Forms of Civic and Political Engagement or Just New
Opportunities for Networked Individualism /GIOVANNA MASCHERONI/ 13. How
the Internet is Giving Birth (to) a New Social Order /JODI H. COHEN &
JENNIFER M. RAYMOND/
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