Virtual Mobilisation? Linking On-line and Off-line Political Participation among Swedish Facebook Users: Courtesy and Irritation

Nils Gustafsson, Mattias Wahlström

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Abstract

This paper is a pilot study where Swedish Facebook users are interviewed in virtual focus groups - one consisting of politically active participants and one consisting of not politically active participants - using Facebook itself as the platform. The interviews concerned the attitudes of the participants towards political campaigns and recruitment within Facebook. The preliminary results show that there are no major differences between the politically active and not politically active users. Most participants also claim that their participation in political campaigns in Facebook is a form of semi-public identity management.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008
EventThe XV NOPSA conference - Tromsö, Norway
Duration: 2008 Aug 52008 Aug 9

Conference

ConferenceThe XV NOPSA conference
Country/TerritoryNorway
CityTromsö
Period2008/08/052008/08/09

Bibliographical note

Gustafsson is the main author of this paper.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • social networks
  • political participation
  • virtual focus groups
  • internet
  • virtual mobilisation
  • Facebook

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