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Adolescents' differential sources and means for mediated civic participation: a multi-dimensional conceptual and empirical exploration

Cédric Courtois (UGent) , Bastiaan Baccarne (UGent) and Pieter Verdegem (UGent)
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While formal civic engagement – especially in younger generations – is declining, e.g. by taking part in organizations or public manifestations, there is a seeming increase of using various online media to have one’s voice heard. In the current debate on the supposed decline of formal civic participation, the role of media constitutes an important element. Media offer opportunities to access and to fuel various domains of associational interaction (i.e. public spheres), which are considered a precondition to actively develop the necessary literacies to exercise civic agency (Dahlgren, 2006). Still, despite scholarly attention for the topic, it has been empirically under researched: ‘the decades-long debate on media and the public sphere has primarily been normative, rather than empirical in character. We especially lack empirical research detailing how the mediated public sphere is enacted (if it is) in everyday life.’ (Couldry, Livingstone & Markham, 2009, p. 28). In our presentation, we present a fluid multi-dimensional framework, helping to further research in this field. More specifically, we elaborate the following key oppositions: (a) online versus offline environments, (b) consumption versus participation practices, (c) individual versus collective action, and (d) instigation action versus following existing initiative. This framework is demonstrated by means of a large-scale study on adolescents from different social milieus, in which these aspects of (non)-mediated acts of civic participation interface. More specifically, we analyse the moderating role of participation means on the relations between intrinsic (civic duty) and extrinsic motivations (social connection), mediated by degree of interpersonal communication and participation self-efficacy (Zaff, Boyd, Li, Lerner & Lerner, 2010)

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Courtois, Cédric, Bastiaan Baccarne, and Pieter Verdegem. 2014. “Adolescents’ Differential Sources and Means for Mediated Civic Participation: a Multi-dimensional Conceptual and Empirical Exploration.” In The Future of Audience Research: Agenda, Theory and Societal Significance, Abstracts.
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Courtois, C., Baccarne, B., & Verdegem, P. (2014). Adolescents’ differential sources and means for mediated civic participation: a multi-dimensional conceptual and empirical exploration. The future of audience research: Agenda, theory and societal significance, Abstracts. Presented at the The future of audience research: Agenda, theory and societal significance.
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Courtois C, Baccarne B, Verdegem P. Adolescents’ differential sources and means for mediated civic participation: a multi-dimensional conceptual and empirical exploration. The future of audience research: Agenda, theory and societal significance, Abstracts. 2014.
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Courtois, Cédric, Bastiaan Baccarne, and Pieter Verdegem. “Adolescents’ Differential Sources and Means for Mediated Civic Participation: a Multi-dimensional Conceptual and Empirical Exploration.” The Future of Audience Research: Agenda, Theory and Societal Significance, Abstracts. 2014. Print.
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  abstract     = {While formal civic engagement -- especially in younger generations -- is declining, e.g. by taking part in organizations or public manifestations, there is a seeming increase of using various online media to have one{\textquoteright}s voice heard. In the current debate on the supposed decline of formal civic participation, the role of media constitutes an important element. Media offer opportunities to access and to fuel various domains of associational interaction (i.e. public spheres), which are considered a precondition to actively develop the necessary literacies to exercise civic agency (Dahlgren, 2006). Still, despite scholarly attention for the topic, it has been empirically under researched: {\textquoteleft}the decades-long debate on media and the public sphere has primarily been normative, rather than empirical in character. We especially lack empirical research detailing how the mediated public sphere is enacted (if it is) in everyday life.{\textquoteright} (Couldry, Livingstone \& Markham, 2009, p. 28). In our presentation, we present a fluid multi-dimensional framework, helping to further research in this field. More specifically, we elaborate the following key oppositions: (a) online versus offline environments, (b) consumption versus participation practices, (c) individual versus collective action, and (d) instigation action versus following existing initiative. This framework is demonstrated by means of a large-scale study on adolescents from different social milieus, in which these aspects of (non)-mediated acts of civic participation interface. More specifically, we analyse the moderating role of participation means on the relations between intrinsic (civic duty) and extrinsic motivations (social connection), mediated by degree of interpersonal communication and participation self-efficacy (Zaff, Boyd, Li, Lerner \& Lerner, 2010)},
  author       = {Courtois, C{\'e}dric and Baccarne, Bastiaan and Verdegem, Pieter},
  booktitle    = {The future of audience research: Agenda, theory and societal significance, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ljubljana, Slovenia},
  title        = {Adolescents' differential sources and means for mediated civic participation: a multi-dimensional conceptual and empirical exploration},
  year         = {2014},
}