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publisher: The MIT Press

Civic Life Online

Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth

contributions by Kirsten A. Foot; Peter Levine; Luke Walker; Kathryn C. Montgomery; Howard Rheingold; Marina Bers; Alan Schussman; Kate Raynes-Goldie; Jennifer Earl; Stephen Coleman & Michael Xenos, edited by W. Lance Bennett

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list price: $4.75 USD
edition:Paperback
category: Social Science
published: Nov 2007
ISBN:9780262524827
publisher: The MIT Press
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The relationship of participation in online communities to civic and political engagement.

Young people today have grown up living substantial portions of their lives online, seeking entertainment, social relationships, and a place to express themselves. It is clear that participation in online communities is important for many young people, but less clear how this translates into civic or political engagement. This volume examines the relationship of online action and real-world politics. The contributors discuss not only how online networks might inspire conventional political participation but also how creative uses of digital technologies are expanding the boundaries of politics and public issues. Do protests in gaming communities, music file sharing, or fan petitioning of music companies constitute political behavior? Do the communication skills and patterns of action developed in these online activities transfer to such offline realms as voting and public protests? Civic Life Online describes the many forms of civic life online that could predict a generation's political behavior.

Contributors
Marina Umaschi Bers, Stephen Coleman, Jennifer Earl, Kirsten Foot, Peter Levine, Kathryn C. Montgomery, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Howard Rheingold, Allen Schussman, Luke Walker, Michael Xenos

About the Authors
Kirsten A. Foot is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and lead author of Web Campaigning (MIT Press).
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Kirsten A. Foot is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and lead author of Web Campaigning (MIT Press).
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Kirsten A. Foot is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and lead author of Web Campaigning (MIT Press).
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Kathryn C. Montgomery is Professor in the Public Communication Division, School of Communication, at American University, where she directs the Project on Youth, Media, and Democracy. As founder of the Center for Media Education, she led a coalition of advocacy groups in a series of successful media policy campaigns on behalf of children and youth. She is the author of Target: Prime Time: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over Entertainment Television.
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W. Lance Bennett is Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.
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Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.
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Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.
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Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.
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Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.
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Jennifer Earl is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona.
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Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.
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Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.
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18 to 100
Grade:
13 to 17

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