Facebooking: Youth’s everyday politics in Cambodia

Mun Vong, Kimhean Hok

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This article takes a critical view of online activism as its point of departure and explores how the activities of Cambodian youth on Facebook have spilled over into formal politics. Contrary to concerns that Facebook and other social media tools distract activists from more effective means of political participation, this article suggests that facebooking has contributed positively to offline political participation. More importantly, the petty acts of discussing and sharing information on Facebook have, on occasion, succeeded in triggering changes in government decisions and behaviours. In developing these arguments, we draw upon everyday politics perspectives which provide the theoretical ground to qualify facebooking as political and make sense of its importance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219–234
JournalSouth East Asia Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Media Studies
  • Human Aspects of ICT
  • Social Anthropology
  • Information Systems, Social aspects


  • Cambodia
  • everyday politics
  • Facebook
  • online activism
  • social media
  • youth


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