Special Issue "Social Media and Political Participation"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016).
Interests: American politics; public opinion; campaign and elections; social media and politics; race and ethnicity
Social media’s role in politics, campaigning, and elections has been the focus of scholarly research for over a decade. Scholars have examined how political candidates, parties, and citizens use social media during campaigns as well as how social media influences citizens’ political attitudes and behaviors. Despite extensive study, the empirical literature linking social media use and attention, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to political participation is mixed and thus, inconclusive. Some research suggests that social media facilitates and promotes political and civic participation whereas other research does not. Therefore, this special issue seeks to further clarify the link between social media and political engagement. This call is particularly interested in research that examines relatively understudied social media platforms, such as Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, and SnapChat. In addition, this call encourages submissions that examine many forms of political participation, as this concept can be a multidimensional activity including voting, protesting, marching, blogging, tweeting, volunteering, sharing online content, emailing, and more.
Submissions are sought from a broad array of disciplines, perspectives, and nations, representing a diverse collection of topics, including, but not limited to:
- Social media and political participation
- Social media and election outcomes
- Social media and political attitudes
- Social media as a campaign tool
- Social media and mass media, particularly the role of social media in reporting political news
- Social media and interest/advocacy groups
- Social media and social movements
- Social media and government/e-government
- Social media and democracy
- Social media users and their characteristics in the context of political participation
Prof. Terri Towner
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- Social media
- New Media
- Political participation
- Civic participation
- Mass media