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dc.contributor.authorCasteltrione, Isidoropaolo
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-29T21:26:58Z
dc.date.available2018-06-29T21:26:58Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-01
dc.identifierER4522
dc.identifierhttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/20.500.12289/4522/4522.pdf
dc.identifierhttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/20.500.12289/4522/4522.pdf
dc.identifier.citationCasteltrione, I. (2016) Facebook and political participation: Virtuous circle and participation intermediaries. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 7 (2), pp. 177-196.
dc.identifier.issn1757-2681
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1386/iscc.7.2.177_1
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/4522
dc.description.abstractDrawing from the results of a mixed-methods cross-national study focusing on Italy and the United Kingdom, this article explores how the contribution of Facebook to citizens' political participation varies in relation to pre-existing levels and different dimensions of political activity - namely, political expression and information vs political mobilization. The findings indicate that politically active individuals are the ones who take more advantage of the mobilization affordances of Facebook, whereas less politically active participants employ this social networking site mainly for political information. Activists consider Facebook as a key tool for the organization of political initiatives, enabling them to quickly communicate and coordinate, and to operate independently from traditional political institutions such as parties and trade unions. With regard to citizens who engage to a lesser degree in offline and online political activities, the informative power of Facebook and its ease of use come into play. Facebook can, in fact, lower the thresholds of participation by making it more flexible. In addition, political information can reach less engaged users through the activity of participation intermediaries, activating a virtuous circle and potentially producing, in the long run, a mobilization effect.
dc.format.extent177-196
dc.publisherIntellect
dc.relation.ispartofInteractions: Studies in Communication & Culture
dc.titleFacebook and political participation: Virtuous circle and participation intermediaries
dc.typearticle
dcterms.accessRightspublic
dc.description.facultydiv_MCaPA
dc.description.volume7
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1386/iscc.7.2.177_1
dc.description.ispublishedpub
dc.description.eprintid4522
rioxxterms.typearticle
refterms.dateAccepted2016-07-15
refterms.dateFCA2017-09-01
refterms.dateFCD2016-09-13
qmu.authorCasteltrione, Isidoropaolo
qmu.centreCentre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
dc.description.statuspub
dc.description.number2


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