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Virtual Mobilisation? Linking On-line and Off-line Political Participation among Swedish Facebook Users: Courtesy and Irritation

Gustafsson, Nils LU and Wahlström, Mattias (2008) The XV NOPSA conference
Abstract
This paper is a pilot study where Swedish Facebook users are interviewed in virtual focus groups - one consisting of politically active participants and one consisting of not politically active participants - using Facebook itself as the platform. The interviews concerned the attitudes of the participants towards political campaigns and recruitment within Facebook. The preliminary results show that there are no major differences between the politically active and not politically active users. Most participants also claim that their participation in political campaigns in Facebook is a form of semi-public identity management.
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social networks, political participation, virtual focus groups, internet, virtual mobilisation, Facebook
conference name
The XV NOPSA conference
project
Viral politik. Politisk mobilisering i sociala medier
language
English
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yes
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2008-08-11 11:42:21
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  abstract     = {This paper is a pilot study where Swedish Facebook users are interviewed in virtual focus groups - one consisting of politically active participants and one consisting of not politically active participants - using Facebook itself as the platform. The interviews concerned the attitudes of the participants towards political campaigns and recruitment within Facebook. The preliminary results show that there are no major differences between the politically active and not politically active users. Most participants also claim that their participation in political campaigns in Facebook is a form of semi-public identity management.},
  author       = {Gustafsson, Nils and Wahlström, Mattias},
  keyword      = {social networks,political participation,virtual focus groups,internet,virtual mobilisation,Facebook},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Virtual Mobilisation? Linking On-line and Off-line Political Participation among Swedish Facebook Users: Courtesy and Irritation},
  year         = {2008},
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