New chapter: Collective Digital Citizenship through Local Memory Websites

23 12 2016

My PhD candidate Mike de Kreek, who will defend his thesis next month, and myself published a chapter in a recent book about digital citizenship [click here]. It is based on Mike’s research about two local memory websites in Amsterdam: the Memory of East and the Memory of West. In the chapter we show how the two websites are able to facilitate collective empowerment to a certain degree by resisting dominant influences of memory institutions, commercial popular culture and local politics. They do so in different ways, however. The Memory of East developed into a well run website with only a few but diversely covered topics. However, this limitation unintentionally excludes residents who do not identify with these topics. The Memory of West, on the other hand, presents a more diverse set of topics, but draws less participation. We connect these different outcomes to the historically different ways in which the websites have emerged and have been organised. Using theories about civic culture by, among others, Dahlgren, we conclude that, ultimately, East was  better able to resist dominant local discourses and whereas West more representative for its neighborhood’s residents.

Reference:

De Kreek, M. & L. van Zoonen (2016). Collective Digital Citizenship through Local Memory Websites. In A. McCosker, S. Vivienne & A. Johns (eds). Negotiation Digital Citizenship – Control, Contest and Culture (pp. 247 – 263). London: Rowmand and Littlefield.

 

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