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Negotiating the Political Self on Social Media Platforms: An In-Depth Study of Image-Management in an Election-Campaign in a Multi-Party Democracy
Karlstads universitet, Avdelningen för medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2012 (English)In: eJournal of eDemocracy & Open Government, ISSN 2075-9517, Vol. 4, no 2, 183-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The elections 2010 were the first in Sweden where social media platforms were used to a large extent by politicians and parties in their campaigns. In this paper we follow the liberal parliamentarian Nina Larsson, who in tandem with traditional election campaigning used social media platforms with the guidance of a local communication agency, Hello Clarice. The paper is theoretically grounded in an understanding of our time as late modern, of social media use as expressive and web campaigning as to large extent revolving around image-management. The research question that will be attended to in this paper is how Nina Larsson used social media platforms in her campaign negotiate the image of herself. The methods used for empirical data-gathering are inspired by (n)ethnography, with both participant observation online and offline, interviews as well as content analyses of Nina's social media postings. Results indicate that she used social media platforms to control her political image, to amplify selected text - texts that often originated in offline/broadcast media – and to negotiate a position within the Liberal Party rather than to deliberate with potential voters

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Krems: Donau Universität Krems , 2012. Vol. 4, no 2, 183-197 p.
Keyword [en]
E-democracy, E-campaigning, Expressive Rationality, Image-Management, Late Modernity, Social Media
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206224OAI: diva2:676539
Available from: 2012-12-21 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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