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Bystander publics

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 (2012) Bystander publics. In: Snow, David A., della Porta, Donatella, Klandermans, Bert and McAdam, Doug, (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. ISBN 9780470674871

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Identification Number: 10.1002/9780470674871.wbespm019


Bystander publics lack the longstanding political motivation of the engaged publics of political parties or social movements, and so are important for different reasons, depending on one's direction of analysis. For those interested in expanded political agency, bystander publics are the standing reserve of political action, available for recruitment to parties and movements. For those concerned with apathy, bystander publics signal entropy in political systems: the temporarily mobilized lose interest and revert to the “bystander frame” which simply wants an end to conflict. These two contrasting scenarios make this difficult-to-define group of rich interest.

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Additional Information: © 2012 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 15:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:33

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