Politisk deltagelse på sociale netværkssider

Studenteropgave: Kandidatspeciale og HD afgangsprojekt

  • William Holler Brændstrup
4. semester, Samfundsfag (cand.soc.), Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This study explores political engagement on social network sites, documented inequalities herein and the relationsship to factors, that could correlate with political engagement of this kind. From a Habermasian ideal of the public sphere, social network sites create new possibilities for wide political discussion that could benefit society, however research shows inequalities in who engage herein. By employing an extensive and thorough definition of political engagement, engagement on social network sites and potential ineqalities can be explored comprehensively. Likewise this study demonstrates how exploring factors that could create or hinder politcal engagement, could create a better understanding of the inequalities in political engagement and the factor underlying elements. By investigating the political engagement of a non-representative convience sample of Danish users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Jodel and Reddit, the study explores the respondents’ political engagement on several levels. Results show that most respondents use social network sites to follow news and politics, and while few publicly post, share or discuss political content hereon, most respondents often like politcal content on the respective platforms and discuss it more privately with established contacts either physically or though instant messaging. Likewise the study demonstrate how most respondents engage in political actions, such as signature collections and boycuts for political reasons, demonstrating how most respondent are still involved in political actions, even though they restrain from dicussing politics openly on social network sites. Moreover the study finds correlations between respondents’ political engagement on social network sites and factors such as their political interest, opinions on uncivil discourse on social network sites, context collapse and percieved publicity, internal political efficacy and culture, demonstrating how this model of research can be used to further explore the subject.
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2020
ID: 394866025