Political Participation - Seen through the eyes of Social Acceleration

[No Value] Anderka, J. Zita, Silje Biørnstad, [No Value] Jensen, R. W. Marie & Laura Simonfalvi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Title: ​ Political Participation - Seen through the eyes of social acceleration Written by: ​ Zita J. Anderka, Silje Biørnstad, Marie R. W. Jensen & Laura Simonfalvi Our project is centered around the changes in political participation within liberal democracies taking our point of departure in Hartmut Rosa´s theory of social acceleration. Next to Rosa, we introduce theories that can be related to social acceleration,and these are mainly by Robert Hassan, Carol Pateman and Nico Carpentier. Within the project we are using the interpretivist tradition, but draw specifically on critical theory, whenapproaching today’s changes and ongoing processes. Furthermore we utilise both the de- and the inductive research strategy since we, in the beginning of the project, draw ontheconcepts of social acceleration and political participation in order to understand thephenomenonof slacktivism and afterwards move on to discuss what consequences the use of social networking sites (SNS) and social media sites (SMS) have on political participation inliberal democracies, in a such way that we are expanding and questioning our theories. ​ The postmodern individual experiences a time famine and therefore he seeks alternatives to become re-embedded into the political discussion in order to regainpower.Onlinepolitical participation and slacktivism becomes a waythroughwhichcitizenscanexpressthemselves on online platforms, such as SNS and SMS, which are inclusive, convenient and most importantly, time saving.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
Vejledere[No Value] Chimirri & A. Niklas


  • (online) political participation
  • slacktivism
  • re-embedding
  • Social acceleration
  • power