Demokratisches Engagement und soziale Medien : Medienbasierte Beteiligungsformen im Kontext der Demokratiebewegung in Ägypten 2011

Röder-Tzellos, Maria

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-374596
Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: Mannheim
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Wessler, Hartmut
Date of oral examination: 19 May 2014
Publication language: German
Institution: School of Humanities > Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Wessler 2007-)
Subject: 070 News media, journalism, publishing
Subject headings (SWD): Politische Beteiligung , Neue Medien , Bürgerbeteiligung , Internet , Politische Kommunikation , Ägypten , Arabischer Frühling , Aktivismus
Keywords (English): media-based participation , civic engagement , internet / new technology , movements , civic identity , qualitative method – interviewing , Arab Spring , qualitative data analysis
Abstract: This study examines the ways in which young Egyptians used social media during the uprising in 2011 in distinct and complementary ways. It does not focus on the role of social media for institutionalized groups or movements to organize and coordinate protest participation more effectively, but on the varying ways in which social media is used to constitute individual protest engagement and civic empowerment. This engagement might emerge into the formation of a protest collective, but it is more a bottom-up process in which citizens develop complementary forms of media-based agency. On the basis of 40 in-depth interviews and supplementary materials five distinct groups are identified: Performative activists and citizen journalists provided first hand reports. Networked information brokers distributed such reports beyond the activist circles and made them understandable for less politicized users. Supportive bystanders expressed affective solidarity. The group of detached observers, finally, remained isolated from the protest community. Contrary to accounts that posit a unified logic of social media this study identifies the distinct causal roles that social media play in the group-specific processes of achieving active citizenship.

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