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Polarizing Political Participation Frames in a Nordic Gay Community
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5097-6218
2014 (English)In: eJournal of eDemocracy & Open Government, ISSN 2075-9517, Vol. 6, no 2, 166-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract: This article is based on a research project studying political discussions in the Nordic LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Transsexual) community Qruiser. These discussions were very antagonistic and rude. The aim is therefore to understand what motivated participation in these heated discussions. The focus is on threads in the political forum on Qruiser. The research is nethnographic through online interviews, participant observations in, and content analyses of, political discussions threads during the month of November 2012. By using framing theory as an analytical tool, the article seeks to answer which frames attracted and mobilized participation and how this was done. In the article I find that polarizing frames of the left vs the right, the xenophobic vs the political correct, together with a truth and a game frame was used to motivated participation in the Qruiser forum threads. 


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2014. Vol. 6, no 2, 166-181 p.
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Keywords: Antagonism, Flaming, Framing, Netnography, Online Community, Political Participation, Sexual Identity, Trolling
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244175OAI: diva2:788004
Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-12 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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