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The affordances of social media for inclusive urban communities and the need for 'multi-scalar' approaches

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Graeme Mearns, Ranald Richardson


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During the past three years, communities have once again been foregrounded in political agendas (like the UK coalition government’s ‘Big Society’), ICTs have been reinserted into local policy domains, and claims about people’s galvanizing through social media towards civic participation have been made in abundance (Mossberger et al. 2008). Whilst the concept of ‘community’ is notoriously slippery and has been widely contested within the social sciences since their inception (Delanty, 2010) a new phase of attentiveness to community has clearly been entered in the UK context. Against this backdrop, this work is concerned with what social media add and subtract from the concept of community, and what this might mean for how social media are approached at the local level to support social inclusion.

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Author(s): Mearns G, Richardson R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 3rd RCUK Digital Economy All Hands Meeting

Year of Conference: 2012


Notes: Awaiting upload to ACM and DOI.