Networking the political: On the dynamic interrelations that create publics in the digital age

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Abstract

This article argues that the definition of the political and its role in on- and offline public spheres calls for a conceptualization that takes into account the networked connections established between lay and professional political actors, mass media and mobile media. While acknowledging the importance of popular and mass media’s impact on participatory and democratic processes, this article focuses on the cultural citizen and proposes that a rethinking of publics affords a new understanding of the idea of networks as a series of connection points fostering a dynamic and relational view on the political. We illustrate this conceptualization through a case study mapping the agonistic and antagonistic frontiers in communication in a variety of publics and counter-publics in the context of Danish minority culture and politics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume21
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)124-138
Number of pages15
ISSN1367-8779
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • agonism
  • counter-publics
  • digital media
  • political communication
  • political networks

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