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Alternative Information and Digital Citizenship: The Rise of Unconventional Political Participation in the Asian Context of Internet Use

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Authors
Lee, Shin Haeng
Issue Date
2018-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.25 No.1, pp. 71-91
Keywords
Unconventional Political ParticipationAlternative InformationDigital CitizenshipAsian InternetComparative StudySurvey Data Analysis
Abstract
This study examines the impact of the Internet as an alternative information source on citizenship in East and Southeast Asia. Data came from the World Values Survey for the two periods of 2005–07 and 2010–13. The results show that informational Internet use is associated with unconventional political participation across the regions in both survey waves. Furthermore, the positive relationship is enhanced among those who do not belong to any voluntary organization or withdraw from daily newspapers. Overall I find that along with the widespread expansion of digital media, the Asian Internet has become an agent of civic associations that take place outside the institutional field of politics and empowers the marginalized in traditional systems of political communication.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/145107
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.25 (2018)
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