Partecipazione alla vita pubblica e nuovi media

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Participation in public life and new media

Patrizia Catellani, Augusta Isabella Alberici

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[Autom. eng. transl.] What changes are the new media introducing in how citizens participate in public and political life? Do you learn, discuss and act collectively through social media, increase or decrease your chances of participation? The chapter, starting from these questions, intends to deepen from a psychosocial point of view the theme of the influence of new media on civic and political participation. After describing the theoretical reference background, recent theoretical and empirical contributions that have dealt with analyzing the so-called "participatory potential" of new media are reviewed. Many believe that the Internet brings with it a potential in terms of supporting the public participation of citizens (Rheingold, 2002). In particular, the communication opportunities offered by the Internet would be particularly suitable for supporting the action of those who belong to marginal groups and movements with little power, once unable to take collective actions (Brunstig and Postmes, 2001). Having said that, if many researches highlight the direct effects that the use of the Internet has on participation (Shah et al., 2005), more recently some question how the peculiarities of online communication (for example, anonymity and the content customization) can affect the psychosocial variables that lead people to engage collectively (McGarthy et al., 2011). Particular attention is paid to the forms of political communication that the new media favor (for example, the online discussion of political issues) and how these can influence the so-called key motivations for participation (in particular, the collective identity, the sense of self- effectiveness and perception of injustice). Using both concrete examples, such as the wave of protests that crossed the Arab regimes in 2011, and recent Italian and international empirical research, the chapter discusses the opportunities and risks that communication through new media can imply for constructive participation. lasting citizens to public life.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Participation in public life and new media
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa società ri-pensata
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • azione collettiva
  • comunicazione online
  • nuovi media
  • partecipazione politica


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