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Political participation as public pedagogy: The Educational Situation in Young People´s Political Conversations in Social Media
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (CeHum). Högskolan i Skövde.
University of Skövde.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 13, no 4, 115-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we argue that young people’s political participation in the social media can be considered ‘public pedagogy’. The argument builds on a previous empirical analysis of a Swedish net community called Black Heart. Theoretically, the article is based on a particular notion of public pedagogy, education and Hannah Arendt’s expressive agonism. The political participation that takes place in the net community builds up an educational situation that involves central characteristics: communication, community building, a strong content focus and content production, argumentation and rule following. These characteristics pave the way for young people’s public voicing, experiencing, preferences and political interests that guide their everyday political life and learning – a phenomenon that we understand as a form of public pedagogy. 

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2014. Vol. 13, no 4, 115-126 p.
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education, public pedagogy, social media, young people, political participation, agonism, net community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115094OAI: diva2:795637
Available from: 2015-03-16 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2015-03-20Bibliographically approved

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