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.

chapter |13 pages


ByJeffrey Wimmer, Cornelia Wallner, Rainer Winter, Karoline Oelsner

part I|93 pages

Practices of Participation and Citizenship

chapter 1|20 pages

(New) Forms of Digital Participation? Toward a Resource Model of Adolescents’ Digital Engagement

ByAnnika Schreiter, Sven Jöckel, Klaus Kamps

chapter 2|22 pages

Long-Lasting Shadows of (Post)Communism? Generational and Ethnic Divides in Political and Civic Participation in Estonia

ByVeronika Kalmus, Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Mai Beilmann, Andu Rämmer, Signe Opermann

chapter 3|21 pages

Enhanced Inter-visibility. The Experience of Civic Engagement in Social Media

ByMaria Francesca Murru

chapter 4|17 pages

‘I Am Not a Consumer Person’ – Political Participation in Repair Cafés

BySigrid Kannengießer

chapter 5|13 pages

Intimate Citizenship Politics and Digital Media

Teens’ Discourses, Sexual Normativities and Popular Social Media
BySander De Ridder, Sofie Van Bauwel

part II|69 pages

Mediated Representations of Participation and Citizenship

chapter 6|20 pages

The Indignados in the European Press

Beyond the Protest Paradigm? 1
ByMaria Kyriakidou, José Javier Olivas Osuna, Max Hänska

chapter 7|9 pages

Speak Your Mind

Mediatised Political Participation Through Second Screens
ByUdo Göttlich, Martin R. Herbers

chapter 9|20 pages

Repeat, Remediate, Resist? Digital Meme Activism in the Context of the Refugee Crisis

ByElena Pilipets, Rainer Winter

part III|72 pages

(Re-)Framing Participation and Citizenship

chapter 10|17 pages

Towards a Framework for Studying Political Participation in Social Media

ByJulie Uldam, Anne Kaun

chapter 13|22 pages

Mapping the ‘Search Agenda’

A Citizen-Centric Approach to Electoral Information Flows
ByFilippo Trevisan, Andrew Hoskins, Sarah Oates, Dounia Mahlouly