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New media and Civil Engagement
A study on online user-generated practices as a means of protest, action and political participation by NGOs and individuals in Argentina and Uruguay.
Patterns of civic engagement in post-authoritarian developing democracies in the Southern Cone have been changing in the last decades. The erosion of traditional forms of political involvement, such as membership in parties and unions and even voting has been accompanied by an expansion of the action repertoires of civil society actors, the rise of protests by new social movements and individualized forms of action. Some of the new forms of civil engagement are linked to the growing use of new media among different civil society actors. The goal of this doctoral thesis is to trace and analyze the characteristics and impact of user-generated online practices as a means of protest, action and political participation by NGOs and individuals in Argentina and Uruguay. Departing from a case study that involves a socio-economic and political mix of local, national and global intersections, the study draws on a combination of discourse analysis and semi-structured interviews to approach empirically user-generated online practices of civil society actors.