Making sense of democratic institutions intertextually: Communication on social media as a civic literacy event preceding collective action

Mercea, D. (2015). Making sense of democratic institutions intertextually: Communication on social media as a civic literacy event preceding collective action. The Communication Review, 18(3), pp. 189-211. doi: 10.1080/10714421.2015.1058102

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Abstract

Communication on social media preceding coordinated street demonstrations is assayed for evidence of practice-based informal civic learning about conventional politics and mainstream media. This is done to offset a mounting interest in activist self-organization and self-reflexivity with a scrutiny of networked communication as a civic literacy event. The article proposes that skepticism and criticality directed at media and political institutions provide fertile justification for their challenge, thereby rendering intertextual informal learning an expedient to collective action.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Communication Review to be available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2015.1058102
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/6120

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