Silly citizenship

  • Hartley J
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Abstract

This paper traces historical changes in the concept of citizenship, in order to show how it has shifted from a state enterprise to a form of self-organising, user-created, ludic association, modelled by online social networks in which children – formally non-citizens but crucial to the continuing and changing discursive practices of citizenship-formation – are active agents. The implications of ‘silly’ citizenship for communication scholarship are considered.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Discourse
  • New media
  • Play
  • Satire

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  • John Hartley

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