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Politicians’ blogs: strategic self-presentations and populist identities – a case study
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2012 (English)In: Identity. An International Journal of Theory and Research, ISSN 1528-3488, E-ISSN 1532-706X, Vol. 12, no 3, 247-265 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The empirical material of this article consists of a blog section that organizes the blogs of mainly local and regional politicians in the north of Sweden. The aim of the article is to examine the content and style of blogs written by politicians and, especially, how the blogs can be understood in terms of self-presentations and articulations of identities. A further aim is to discuss the political and democratic aspects of such articulations. The article argues that even though the investigated blogs are somewhat innovative, they have a traditional character in a political sense and reproduce a populist identity. This identity goes beyond the boundaries between different political parties and represents a hindrance in relation to the democratic renewal that is often ascribed to political blogging in general.

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2012. Vol. 12, no 3, 247-265 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59803DOI: 10.1080/15283488.2012.691252OAI: diva2:556766
Available from: 2012-09-26 Created: 2012-09-26 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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