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Cultures of Participation

Media Practices, Politics and Literacy


Edited By Hajo Greif, Larissa Hjorth, Amparo Lasén and Claire Lobet-Maris

To speak of participation today raises a series of questions on how the presence and use of new media affect modes of social participation. From a variety of theoretical, empirical and methodological perspectives, the contributions in this volume explore participation in different social realms – from everyday life, interpersonal relationships, work and leisure activities to collective and political action. This collection demonstrates that participation is a localised notion, assuming a multitude of shapes under a variety of technological, political, socio-economic, linguistic and cultural conditions.


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Introduction Hajo Greif, Larissa Hjorth, Amparo Lasén & Claire Lobet-Maris 9 Part I: Paradigms of Participation Online Participation and the New Media Leopoldina Fortunati 19 From Information to Broadband Society, Whence and Whither? Hajo Greif & Matthias Werner 35 Participatory Frameworks: Re-tracing Participation in the Theoretical Node Technology/Society Giuseppina Pellegrino 49 Listening, not Lurking: The Neglected Form of Participation Kate Crawford 63 Part II: Emotions and Play Attitudes towards Mobile Phones: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Naomi S. Baron 77 Emotions and the Mobile Phone Jane Vincent 95 Playing the Waiting Game: Complicating Notions of (Tele)presence and Gendered Distraction in Casual Mobile Gaming Larissa Hjorth & Ingrid Richardson 111 Imagined Performativity: The Great Virtue of Cyberspace in Contemporary Chinese Workers’ Social Lives Chung Tai Cheng 127 Part III: Redefining Political Participation ‘An Original Protest, at Least.’ Mediality and Participation Amparo Lasén & Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz 141 The Less Expected: An Exploration of the Social and Political Activities on the Internet in China Boxu Yang, Yuan Le & Shanshan An 159 Table of Contents 8 Part IV: Social Media and Media Practices The Facebook Family: Information and Communication Technology Redrafting the Rules of Participation in Family Life Brian Simpson 181 The Frenzy of Digital Photography: A Biopolitical Assessment Lieve Gies 195 Hyperlinked Avatars: Negotiating Identities and Social Relations within Social Networking Sites Romina Cachia & Alexandra Haché 211 Tracing the Policy Challenges of the Digital Dividend Lilia Raycheva 229 About the Authors 245

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