Communicative Civic-ness: Social Media and Political Culture

Bridgette Wessels

March 12, 2018 by Routledge
Textbook - 202 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138959408 - CAT# Y207076

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Features

  • The book fills a significant gap in the market – the need to directly address the civic aspects of social media and assess diverse contemporary forms of civic participation. In so doing, it advances current academic discourse by viewing both from the perspective of context-specific political culture.
  • The robust theoretical and conceptual framework will ensure that the book remains relevant in the long term. The substantive theoretical areas draw on cutting-edge research and should have at least a 10-year lifespan.
  • The market for this book is global – universities across the world teach sociology, political science and media studies which include aspects of civic participation, social media and political sociology. Opening markets include universities in China and India where interest in social science is increasing as these countries undergo rapid social and political change.
  • This book is relevant to readers including undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is valuable for academics teaching and researching relevant fields in areas including (but not limited to) sociology, political science and media studies. It will also provide useful information and understanding for third sector organisations, policy-makers and governments regarding their citizens’ forms of civic participation.

Summary

Communicative Civic-ness explores how political culture shapes social media interactions in civic participation, arguing that social media usage is informed by context-specific civil and political culture.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, the book develops a new robust theoretical and conceptual framework on civic engagement and participation, comprising:

  • contextual ethos of civic communication;
  • political culture and civic communication;
  • use of social media in private and public spheres;
  • design of social media.

It critically addresses issues within the concept of political culture and develops the concept of ‘communicative civic-ness’. This concept seeks to aid a better-informed debate about the capacity of social media to support the pluralistic discussions that underpin deliberative democratic processes.

This book appeals to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academics with an interest in areas including (but not limited to) sociology, political science and media studies. It will also provide useful information and understanding to third sector organisations and policy-makers regarding forms of civic participation.

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