1st Edition

Visual Citizenship Communicating political opinions and emotions on social media

By Catherine Bouko Copyright 2024
    384 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores visual political engagement online – how citizens participate in the dynamism of life in society by expressing their opinions and emotions on various issues of democratic life in image-based social media posts, independently of collective actions.

    Looking beyond large digital social movements to focus on the everyday, the book provides a well-documented and comprehensive framework of key notions, concrete methods and examples of empirical insights into everyday visual citizenship on social media. It shows how the visual has become ubiquitous in citizens’ communication on social media, focusing on how citizens use visual content to express their emotions and opinions on social media platforms when they discuss politics in a large sense.

    With this book, every reader interested in political communication, visual communication and/or new media is fully equipped to analyse everyday visual citizenship on social media platforms.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license. 


    Part I: Concepts

    Chapter 1. Everyday political expression as a citizenship practice

    Chapter 2. Citizenship, social media and visual cultures

    Chapter 3. Personalised citizenship

    Chapter 4. Visual creativity and civic engagement

    Chapter 5. Affective citizenship

    Part II: Methods

    Chapter 6. Challenges to the validity of visual studies

    Chapter 7. Systemic functional approaches to visual content

    Chapter 8. Methodological standards for quantitative content analysis of social media posts

    Chapter 9. Categories for visual content analysis

    Chapter 10. Appraisal in text-image social media content

    Part III: Empirical insights

    Chapter 11. The Brexit vote and its aftermath: quantitative results

    Chapter 12. Opinions and emotions in text-image relations

    Chapter 13. Metaphoric judgement and creativity in the Brexit context


    Catherine Bouko is Associate Professor of Communication and French at Ghent University (Belgium). Her main research is on political communication, extremism and citizenship on social media, with a special focus on image-based communication. Her methods of research include (multimodal) discourse analysis, quantitative content analysis, semiotics and ethnography.