Skip navigation
User training | Reference and search service

Library catalog

Content aggregators
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Title: Blogosphere and democracy in Portugal: the results of a web survey
Authors: Carvalho, Tiago
Casanova, José Luís
Keywords: Blogosphere
Societal project
Public sphere
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: CIES-IUL
Series/Report no.: CIES e-Working Paper
Abstract: In this paper we present the results of a web survey regarding opinion and intervention bloggers in Portugal. The study has three main goals: (1) to characterize bloggers according to their social position, political activities, values and social orientations; (2) to analyse the relationship between online and offline participation, and how different types of participation relate to different values and beliefs; (3) finally, to discuss new dynamics within the public sphere and the impact of the internet on democracy. The results show that bloggers are socially quite homogeneous, combining online and offline activism, notwithstanding the diversity of their values. Four types of political action were found: residual, associative and protest, associative and party-member, and cumulative. Each one corresponds to a different set of values and beliefs. In the conclusion, the impact of the new media on public sphere renewal is discussed, in particular the opportunities that the internet creates for the expansion of democracy and the support it gives to socio-political autonomy and the construction of societal projects on individuals, with a special focus on collective action.
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1647-0893
Appears in Collections:CIES-WP - Working papers

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
CIES-WP118_CarvalhoeCasanova.pdf320.2 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

FacebookTwitterDeliciousLinkedInDiggGoogle BookmarksMySpace
Formato BibTex MendeleyEndnote Currículo DeGóis 

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.