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Youth's civic awareness through selfies : fun performances in the logic of 'Connective actions'

Catherine Bouko (UGent)
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Can we raise the youth’s civic awareness via selfies? This is the bet that several non-profit organisations aiming at raising the youth’s civic awareness have made. In injecting a fun dimension to civic mobilisation, campaigns via selfies place the young participants’ performance as a constitutive element of their civic action. My analysis of six youth campaigns based on selfies shows that they privilege awareness techniques that fall under the “actualizing citizenship paradigm” (Bennett et al., 2011), in which self-expression and “connective action” (Bennett and Segerberg, 2012) are favoured, instead of more traditional collective actions.
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selfie, connective action, social media, fun, youth’s civic awareness, actualizing citizenship, performance

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Bouko, Catherine. 2017. “Youth’s Civic Awareness Through Selfies : Fun Performances in the Logic of ‘Connective Actions’.” In Selfie Citizenship, ed. Adi Kuntsman, 49–58. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
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Bouko, C. (2017). Youth’s civic awareness through selfies : fun performances in the logic of “Connective actions.” In A. Kuntsman (Ed.), Selfie citizenship (pp. 49–58). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
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Bouko C. Youth’s civic awareness through selfies : fun performances in the logic of “Connective actions.”In: Kuntsman A, editor. Selfie citizenship. New York: Palgrave MacMillan; 2017. p. 49–58.
MLA
Bouko, Catherine. “Youth’s Civic Awareness Through Selfies : Fun Performances in the Logic of ‘Connective Actions’.” Selfie Citizenship. Ed. Adi Kuntsman. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017. 49–58. Print.
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  abstract     = {Can we raise the youth’s civic awareness via selfies? This is the bet that several non-profit organisations aiming at raising the youth’s civic awareness have made. In injecting a fun dimension to civic mobilisation, campaigns via selfies place the young participants’ performance as a constitutive element of their civic action. My analysis of six youth campaigns based on selfies shows that they privilege awareness techniques that fall under the “actualizing citizenship paradigm” (Bennett et al., 2011), in which self-expression and “connective action” (Bennett and Segerberg, 2012) are favoured, instead of more traditional collective actions.},
  author       = {Bouko, Catherine},
  booktitle    = {Selfie citizenship},
  editor       = {Kuntsman, Adi},
  isbn         = {978-3-319-45269-2},
  keywords     = {selfie,connective action,social media,fun,youth’s civic awareness,actualizing citizenship,performance},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {49--58},
  publisher    = {Palgrave MacMillan},
  title        = {Youth's civic awareness through selfies : fun performances in the logic of 'Connective actions'},
  year         = {2017},
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