Digital citizenship? Narrative exchange and the changing terms of civic culture

Couldry, Nick, Stephansen, Hilde C, Fotopoulou, Aristea, MacDonald, Richard, Unset and Unset (2014) Digital citizenship? Narrative exchange and the changing terms of civic culture. Citizenship Studies. ISSN 1362-1025

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Abstract

This article explores the possibilities for new forms of ‘digital citizenship’ currently emerging through digitally supported processes of narrative exchange. Using Dahlgren's (Dahlgren, P. 2003. “Reconfiguring Civic Culture in the New Media Milieu.” In Media and the Restyling of Politics, edited by J. Corner, and D. Pels, 151–170. London: Sage; Dahlgren, P. 2009. Media and Political Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.) circuit of ‘civic culture’ as a model for exploring the interlinking preconditions for new acts of citizenship, we discuss the contrasting outcomes of research at three fieldwork sites in the North of England – educational (a sixth form college), civil society (a community reporters' network) and social (a local club). Each site provided clear evidence of the elements of Dahlgren's circuit (some depending on the intensive use of digital infrastructure, others predating it), but there were also breaks in the circuit that constrained its effectiveness. A crucial factor in each case for building a lasting circuit of civic culture (and an effective base for new forms of digital citizenship) is the role that digital infrastructure can play in extending the scale of interactions beyond the purely local.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States) > JK0001 United States > JK1717 Political rights. Practical politics > JK1758 Citizenship
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Aristea Fotopoulou
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 08:44
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2014 13:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46810

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