The practices of participation and engagement are characterised by complexities and contradictions. All celebratory examples of uses of social media, e.g. in the Arab spring, the Occupy movement or in recent LGBTQ protests, are deeply rooted in human practices. Because of this connection, every case of mediated participation should be perceived as highly contextual and cannot be attributed to one (social) specific media logic, necessitating detailed empirical studies to investigate the different contexts of political and civic engagement. In this volume, the theoretical chapters discuss analytical frameworks that can enrich our understanding of current contexts and practices of mediated participation. The empirical studies explore the implications of the new digital conditions for the ways in which digitally mediated social interactions, practices and environments shape everyday participation, engagement or protest and their subjective as well societal meaning.
Introduction: (Mis-)Understanding political participation
Jeffrey Wimmer, Cornelia Wallner, Rainer Winter, and Karoline Oelsner
Part I: Practices of participation and citizenship
1. (New) Forms of digital participation? Toward a resource-model of adolescents’ digital engagement
Annika Schreiter, Sven Joeckel and Klaus Kamps
2. Long-lasting shadows of (post)communism? Generational and ethnic divides in political and civic participation in Estonia
Veronika Kalmus, Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Mai Beilmann, Andu Rämmer and Signe Opermann
3. Enhanced inter-visibility. The experience of civic engagement in social media
Maria Francesca Murru
4. ‘I am not a consumer person’ – Political participation in repair cafés
5. Intimate citizenship politics and digital media: Teens’ discourses, sexual normativities and popular social media
Sander de Ridder and Sofie van Bauwel
Part II: Mediated representations of participation and citizenship
6.The Indignados in the European Press: beyond the protest paradigm?
Maria Kyriakidou, José Javier Olivas Osuna and Maximillian Hänska Ahy
7. Speak your mind: Mediatized political participation through second screens.
Udo Göttlich and Martin R. Herbers
8. "My body, my decision". The abortion debate and twitter as a counterpublic sphere for women in Turkey
Perrin Öğün Emre and Gülüm Şener
9. Repeat, remediate, resist? Meme activism in the context of the refugee crisis
Elena Pilipets and Rainer Winter
Part III: (Re-)Framing participation and citizenship
10. Towards a framework for studying political participation in social media