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Cultures of Participation

Media Practices, Politics and Literacy

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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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About the Authors Shanshan An is Ph.D Candidate in the School of Journalism and Communica- tion at Peking (Beijing) University and Lecturer at Liaoning University, China. Her research focuses on online public opinion. Naomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies at American University in Washington, DC. Besides her cross- cultural research on mobile phone use, she is presently studying reading on- screen versus in hard copy. A former Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Fellow, she is the author of seven books, including Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It’s Heading (Routledge, 2000) and Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World (Oxford, 2008). Always On won the English-Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh English-Language Book Award for 2008. Romina Cachia is Researcher at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), a European Commission Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) (http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu) based in Seville, Spain. She also lectures New Media at the University of Malta. Her main research interests include technology and society, mobility, ICT and learning, creativity in education, online communica- tion and the interface of online and face-to-face social and personal networks. Chung-tai Cheng is Visiting Lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Univer- sity. After completing his Ph.D in Sociology at Peking (Beijing) University in China, he did research on the topic of the normative implications of ICT uses in China, especially on issues in self-identification and social relationships among Chinese workers, on which his ethnographic study focuses. The...

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