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Deliberation or Updating?: The Case of Southern Stockholm Activists Online
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies. (Human IT)
2012 (English)In: ECEG 2012 Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on eGovernment: ESADE Ramon Llull University Barcelona, Spain 14-15 June 2012. Volume Two / [ed] Gascó, Mila, Academic Publishing International, 2012, 691-697 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

Based on a (n) ethnographic inspired study of middle class activists in southern Stockholm, the aim is to understand contemporary political action and to discuss changing practices of participation in digital and late modernity. More specifically this paper addresses the Internet and its promise of deliberation. However instead of echoing techno-deterministic and optimist accounts of the Internet and online social networking affording a digital public sphere where deliberation can flourish, this paper argues that it is more accurate to understand the practices among the activists in southern Stockholm as updating. Updating is described here as a two-way practice, to be updated what is happening in your social networks as well as updating your social networks what is happening. These practices of updating are understood in light of late modern theories of reflexivity, identity negotiation and maintenance, practices that arguably are heightened in digital and networked societies. Hence to avoid determinism without resorting to the idea of technology as neutral, the paper is based in a techno-social dialectical understanding of our time as digital late modernity. The paper will end with a brief discussion of the implications of updating on political participation in digital late modernity. Even though not deliberation, practices of updating has consequences for participation and political action that perhaps could be considered positive and encouraging for democratic tradition in general.

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Academic Publishing International, 2012. 691-697 p.
Keyword [en]
deliberation, updating, activism, digital late modernity, identity, reflexivity
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Media and Communications Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41866ISI: 000308239000081ISBN: 978-1-908272-42-3 (print)OAI: diva2:923065
ECEG 2012 The 12th European Conference on eGovernment, June 14-15, 2012, Barcelona, Spain
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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