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Civic Engagement and Social Media

Political Participation Beyond Protest

  • Julie Uldam
  • Anne Vestergaard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Social Media and Civic Engagement

    1. Julie Uldam, Anne Vestergaard
      Pages 1-20
  3. Formal Modes of Civic Engagement and Cooperation with Institutional Actors

  4. Informal Modes of Civic Engagement, Enacting Alternatives and Sustaining Involvement

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 194-199

About this book


The Occupy movement and the Arab Spring have brought global attention to the potential of social media for empowering otherwise marginalized groups. This book addresses questions like what happens after the moment of protest and global visibility and whether social media can also help sustain civic engagement beyond protest.


Social media civic engagement political participation democracy social movements activism Corporate Social Responsibility Occupy Facebook communication community Institution media online organization participation Print retailing social media

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Uldam
    • 1
  • Anne Vestergaard
    • 1
  1. 1.Copenhagen Business SchoolDenmark

About the editors

Anne Kaun, Södertörn University, Sweden Bart Cammaerts, LSE, UK Eleftheria Lekakis, University of Sussex, UK Emil Husted, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Frank de Bakker, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands Itziar Castelló, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark David Barberá-Tomas, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain Jess Baines, London College of Communication, UK W. Lance Bennett, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Bibliographic information


“The book's major strength lies in situating the role of social media in civic engagement in a broader context. … The book also provides an expanding view of social media not merely sending and receiving social media messages but also mobilizing, organizing, and facilitating resources and movements. … The book is a great collection of case studies examining the nuanced role of social media in civic engagement in multiple settings.” (Weiwu Zhang, CBQ Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Vol. 47, January-March, 2016)