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Presentation at the European Consortium of POlitical Research conference in Reykjavik 2011

Presentation at the European Consortium of POlitical Research conference in Reykjavik 2011

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  • 1. Jakob Svensson Karlstad University Sweden Becoming Engagable Discipline and Participation among Activists in Southern Stockholm Work in Progress
  • 2. Starting point
    • New media is supposed to flatten out governance hierarchies and distributing power more evenly (Rheingold, Shirky among others)
  • 3. Starting point
    • New media is supposed to flatten out governance hierarchies and distributing power evenly (Rheingold, Shirky among others)
    • What happens to relations of power in new media and communication environments?
  • 4. (n)ethnographic case study Aspudden and Midsommarkransen
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  • 7. Save the bathhouse
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  • 14. Conclusion
    • By following twitter accounts, joining e-mail and SMS-lists, Ning- and Facebook groups, activist became updated on the activities in the neighbourhoods and could engage if suitable and interested.
  • 15. Conclusion
    • The mobilizing potential of new media
    • However this mobilizing potential is not understood in this paper terms of flattening of hierarchies and distributing power more evenly
    • A shift from more tangible hierarchical power structures to more non-transparent relations of power
  • 16. Conclusion
    • The rise of social media and its access from mobile and hand-held computing devices, seems to encourage or even demand/ push for social negotiation of the political self through practices of updating
  • 17. Conclusion
    • Through norms of connectedness and responsiveness, updating becomes a pivotal practice in our late modern and digital time
    • The increasing importance updating could be analyzed as the online affording new opportunities of information and participation.
  • 18. Conclusion Ground my findings in theories of power and discipline (Foucault) and of reflexivity in late modernity (Giddens - I argue that a kind of network logic is imposing behavioural patterns of reflexive updating and self-disclosure, disciplining activists to become engagable Hence we should not forget that new opportunities of information and participation are based in a logic with other mechanisms of status and reward mechanisms - power relations
  • 19. Thank you for listening
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