Becomming engagable

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

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Becomming engagable

  1. 1. Jakob Svensson Karlstad University Sweden Becoming Engagable Discipline and Participation among Activists in Southern Stockholm Work in Progress
  2. 2. Starting point <ul><li>New media is supposed to flatten out governance hierarchies and distributing power more evenly (Rheingold, Shirky among others) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Starting point <ul><li>New media is supposed to flatten out governance hierarchies and distributing power evenly (Rheingold, Shirky among others) </li></ul><ul><li>What happens to relations of power in new media and communication environments? </li></ul>
  4. 4. (n)ethnographic case study Aspudden and Midsommarkransen
  5. 7. Save the bathhouse
  6. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>The mobilizing potential of new media </li></ul><ul><li>However this mobilizing potential is not understood in this paper terms of flattening of hierarchies and distributing power more evenly </li></ul><ul><li>A shift from more tangible hierarchical power structures to more non-transparent relations of power </li></ul>
  8. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  9. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Through norms of connectedness and responsiveness, updating becomes a pivotal practice in our late modern and digital time </li></ul><ul><li>The increasing importance updating could be analyzed as the online affording new opportunities of information and participation. </li></ul>
  10. 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
  11. 19. Thank you for listening <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>HumanIT </li></ul><ul><li>www.kau.se/en/humanit </li></ul>

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