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Political involvement in “mobilized” society: The interactive relationships among mobile communication, network characteristics, and political participation

Campbell, S. W., & Kwak, N.
Journal of Communication, 61 (S. 1005-U32).
2011

In recent years, mobile communication has emerged as a channel for political discourse
among network ties. Although some celebrate new possibilities for political life, others are
concerned that it can lead to network insularity and political detachment. This study
examined how mobile-mediated discourse with strong ties interacts with characteristics of
those ties to predict levels of political participation. Findings revealed that mobile-based
discourse is positively associated with political participation, but that this relationship is
moderated by the size and heterogeneity of one’s network. Participation increases with use
of the technology in large networks of like-minded individuals, but declines with use of
the technology in homogeneous networks that are small. Implications and future research
considerations are offered in the discussion.

Zitation (APA)

Campbell, S. W., & Kwak, N. (2011). Political involvement in “mobilized” society: The interactive relationships among mobile communication, network characteristics, and political participation. Journal of Communication, 61, 1005-U32.