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From everyday conversation to political action: Talking austerity in online ‘third spaces’.

Graham, T., Jackson, D. and Wright, S., 2015. From everyday conversation to political action: Talking austerity in online ‘third spaces’. European Journal of Communication, 30 (6), 648 - 665.

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DOI: 10.1177/0267323115595529


Taking forward a new agenda for online political deliberation – the study of everyday political talk in non-political, online ‘third spaces’ – this article examines the dynamics of political talk across three general interest UK-based online forums. The quantitative analysis found that discussions about austerity were just as likely to emerge from non-political discussions as they were ones that began as ‘political’, demonstrating the links people made between everyday experiences and public policy. Our qualitative analysis represents the first real attempt to analyse political actions within third spaces, with some striking outcomes. Over half of all political discussions led to at least one political action (with significant variation between forums). The findings demonstrate that while such third spaces remain concerned with the preoccupations of everyday life, they can and do perform a role of mobilizing agent towards political participation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:political communication ; online deliberation ; thirs spaces ; political talk ; popular culture ; politics ; media ; communication
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:23024
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Jan 2016 16:22
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54


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