The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

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Social media are now widely used for political protests, campaigns, and communication in developed and developing nations, but available research has not yet paid sufficient attention to experiences beyond the US and UK. This collection tackles this imbalance head-on, compiling cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media.

Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.
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  • Hardback | 538 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 35.56mm | 1,134g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 36 Line drawings, black and white; 30 Halftones, black and white; 42 Tables, black and white
  • 113886076X
  • 9781138860766
  • 1,885,057

Table of contents

Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbo, Anders Olof Larsson, and Christian Christensen


Politics in the Age of Hybrid Media: Power, Systems, and Media Logics
Andrew Chadwick, James Dennis, and Amy P. Smith

Network Media Logic: Some Conceptual Considerations
Ulrike Klinger and Jakob Svensson

Where There Is Social Media There Is Politics
Karine Nahon

Is Habermas on Twitter? Social Media and the Public Sphere
Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield

Third Space, Social Media and Everyday Political Talk
Todd Graham, Scott Wright, and Dan Jackson

Tipping the Balance of Power: Social Media and the Transformation of Political Journalism
Marcel Broersma and Todd Graham

Agenda-Setting Revisited: Social Media in Mainstream Journalism
Eli Skogerbo, Axel Bruns, Andrew Quodling, and Thomas Ingebretsen

"Trust Me, I Am Authentic!": Authenticity Illusions in Social Media Politics
Gunn Enli

How to Speak the Truth on Social Media: An Inquiry into Post-Dialectical Information Environments
Mercedes Bunz


All Politics Is Local: Anonymous and the Steubenville/Maryville Rape Cases
Christian Christensen

Social Media Accounts of the Spanish Indignados
Camilo Cristancho and Eva Anduiza

Every Crisis Is a Digital Opportunity: The Aganaktismenoi Movement's Use of Social Media and the Emergence of Networked Solidarity in Greece
Yannis Theocharis

Social Media Use during Political Crises: The Case of the Gezi Protests in Turkey
Lemi Baruh and Hayley Watson

Structures of Feeling, Storytelling, and Social Media: The Case of #Egypt
Zizi Papacharissi and Stacy Blasiola

The Importance of `Social' in Social Media: The Lessons from Iran
Gholam Khiabany

Digital Knives Are Still Knives: The Affordances of Social Media for a Repressed Opposition against an Entrenched Authoritarian Regime in Azerbaijan
Katy E. Pearce and Farid Guliyev

Social Media and Social Movements: Weak Publics, the Online Space, Spatial Relations and Collective Action in Singapore
Natalie Pang and Debbie Goh

Social Media and Civil Society Actions in India
Rajesh Kumar

Cyberactivism in China: Empowerment, Control, and Beyond
Rongbin Han

Voicing Discontent in South Korea: Origins and Channels of Online Civic Movements
Maurice Vergeer and Se Jung Park

Nationalist and Anti-Fascist Movements in Social Media
Christina Neumayer


From Emerging to Established? A Comparison of Twitter Use during Swedish Election Campaigns in 2010 and 2014
Anders Olof Larsson and Hallvard Moe

Social Media in the UK Election Campaigns 2008-14: Experimentation, Innovation and Convergence
Darren G. Lilleker, Nigel Jackson, and Karolina Koc-Michalska

Compulsory Voting, Encouraged Tweeting? Australian Elections and Social Media
Tim Highfield and Axel Bruns

Not Just a Face(book) in the Crowd: Candidates' Use of Facebook during the Danish 2011 Parliamentary Election Campaign
Morten Skovsgaard and Arjen Van Dalen

Social Media Incumbent Advantage: Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's Tweets in the 2012 US Presidential Election Campaign
Gunn Enli and Anya Naper

The 2012 French Presidential Campaign: First Steps into the Political Twittersphere
Francoise Papa and Jean-Marc Francony

The Emergence of Social Media Politics in South Korea: The Case of the 2012 Presidential Election
Lars Willnat and Young Min

Interactions between Different Language Communities on Twitter during the 2012 Presidential Election in Taiwan
Yu-Chung Cheng and Pai-lin Chen

Social Media Use in the German Election Campaign 2013
Christian Nuernbergk, Jennifer Wladarsch, Julia Neubarth, and Christoph Neuberger

Comparing Facebook and Twitter during the 2013 General Election in Italy
Luca Rossi and Mario Orefice

Social Media and Election Campaigns in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Cameroon
Teke Ngombaã ã

Social Media and Elections in Kenya
Martin Nkosi Ndlela

Electoral Politics on Social Media: The Israeli Case
Sharon Haleva-Amir and Karine Nahon

Social Media and the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014: Events and the Generation of Enthusiasm for Yes
Mark Shephard and Stephen Quinlan

The Use of Twitter in the Danish EP Elections 2014
Jakob Linaa Jensen, Jacob Ormen, and Stine Lomborg

Twitter in Political Campaigns: The Brazilian 2014 Presidential Election
Raquel Recuero, Gabriela Zago, and Marco T. Bastos
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Review quote

"Comprehensive and definitive, this is an outstanding book that provides a panoramic view of politics in an era of social media. From the Mediterranean to East Asia to Oceania, from Scandinavia to sub-Sahara Africa to Latin America, the volume as a whole is truly global, yet with nuanced regional and national analyses in each chapter. Theoretically informed, the research presented here breaks new empirical grounds using latest digital methods. The result is a milestone for our collective understanding of new media technology and comparative politics in the twenty-first century." -Jack Linchuan Qiu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"This book brings together top scholars from across disciplines and across the globe to examine social media use in a variety of political systems and for distinct purposes. It is required reading for anyone interested in understanding the many ways that digital communication technologies now are used in political life." -Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University

"The strength of this collection is in its diversity of international and theoretical perspectives, which make it a valuable resource providing a contemporary overview of this quickly expanding area of political communication research." -Caroline Fisher, Australian Journalism Review
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About Axel Bruns

Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Gunn Enli is Professor of Media Studies and Head of the Research Project "Social Media and Election Campaigns" (SAC) at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Eli Skogerbo is Professor in Media Studies and Co-Head of the Political Communication Research Group at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Anders Olof Larsson is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo.

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University.
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