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“The ‘Social’ in political communication: Social media enabled political discourse, engagement and mobilization in India”

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews

Source : Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews, Gyandhara International Academic Publications, Volume 7, Issue 4, p.195-202 (2019)

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Keywords : India, Narrative literature review, Political communication, politics, Social media

Campus : Coimbatore

School : Dept. of Mass Communication, School of Engineering

Year : 2019

Abstract : Purpose of the study: The advent of digital media along with the recent boom of smartphones has changed the atlas of communication. The ubiquity of Social media has led to its increased use in all aspects of communication as against conventional media. Politics is not an exception. The role of social media in political discourses, engagement, and mobilization is widely realized and practiced and has become an important mode of political communication in India. In this paper, we explore the current academic corpus on political communication in the context of social media. Methodology: The narrative literature review method proposed by Green, Johnson, and Adams (2006) was employed as the method for this article. Relevant peer-reviewed papers published during the period 2011-18 were considered for the narrative review. Appropriate papers were selected by a Google Scholar search using the keywords ‘Social media’, ‘India’ and ‘political communication. Main Findings: The broad aim of the present paper was to explore the current academic literature in the field of social media and political communication. The narrative literature review undertaken indicates scant work with limited focus on the broader issues. Social media influence on voting behavior and political engagement was the well-explored domain, but the determinants and uniqueness of such communication have not been explored. Applications of this study: The indications from the review showcase that the magnitude and essence of political communication have changed through the years. The spectrum of political communication through social media has a great role in political and civic engagement. This study will be useful to the researchers in the field of mass communication, journalism, and political science. Novelty/Originality of this study: The conventional mainstream media and social media are increasingly showing a pattern of convergence and mutual exclusiveness. One of the critical findings from the review is that the gender domains of social media and political communication in India have not been given much attention and empirical evidence is scanty. Future research in the field of social media in India should focus on the gendered spheres of political communication. © Darshan and Suresh.

Cite this Research Publication : B. M. Darshan and Dr. Kalyani Suresh, “The ‘Social’ in political communication: Social media enabled political discourse, engagement and mobilization in India”, Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 195-202, 2019.

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