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Digital citizenship? Narrative exchange and the changing terms of civic culture

Couldry, Nick and Stephansen, Hilde and Fotopoulou, Aristea and Macdonald, Richard and Clark, Wilma and Dickens, Luke (2014) Digital citizenship? Narrative exchange and the changing terms of civic culture. Citizenship Studies, 18 (6-7). pp. 615-629. ISSN 1362-1025

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13621025.2013.865903

Abstract

This article explores the possibilities for new forms of ‘digital citizenship’ currently emerging through digitally supported processes of narrative exchange. Using Dahlgren's (Dahlgren, P. 2003. “Reconfiguring Civic Culture in the New Media Milieu.” In Media and the Restyling of Politics, edited by J. Corner, and D. Pels, 151–170. London: Sage; Dahlgren, P. 2009. Media and Political Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.) circuit of ‘civic culture’ as a model for exploring the interlinking preconditions for new acts of citizenship, we discuss the contrasting outcomes of research at three fieldwork sites in the North of England – educational (a sixth form college), civil society (a community reporters' network) and social (a local club). Each site provided clear evidence of the elements of Dahlgren's circuit (some depending on the intensive use of digital infrastructure, others predating it), but there were also breaks in the circuit that constrained its effectiveness. A crucial factor in each case for building a lasting circuit of civic culture (and an effective base for new forms of digital citizenship) is the role that digital infrastructure can play in extending the scale of interactions beyond the purely local.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ccst20
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 15:16
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 09:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54411

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