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Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

Three Volume Set
Edited by:

March 2014 | 1 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

As mentioned on NPR’s It’s All Politics!

The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world. Its scope encompasses the disruptive technologies and activities that are changing basic patterns in American politics and the amazing transformations that social media use is rendering in other political systems heretofore resistant to democratization and change. In a time when social media are revolutionizing and galvanizing politics in the United States and around the world, this encyclopedia is a must-have reference. It reflects the changing landscape of politics where old modes and methods of political communication from elites to the masses (top down) and from the masses to elites (bottom up) are being displaced rapidly by social media, and where activists are building new movements and protests using social media to alter mainstream political agendas.

Key Features:

  • This three-volume A-to-Z encyclopedia set includes 600 short essays on high-interest topics that explore social media’s impact on politics, such as “Activists and Activism,” “Issues and Social Media,” “Politics and Social Media,” and “Popular Uprisings and Protest.”
  • A stellar array of world renowned scholars have written entries in a clear and accessible style that invites readers to explore and reflect on the use of social media by political candidates in this country, as well as the use of social media  in protests overseas
  • Unique to this book is a detailed appendix with material unavailable anywhere else tracking and illustrating social media usage by U.S. Senators and Congressmen.

This encyclopedia set is a must-have general, non-technical resource for students and researchers who seek to understand how the changes in social networking through social media are affecting politics, both in the United States and in selected countries or regions around the world.

Key Themes:

  • Opening Essays
  • Celebrities and Pioneers in Social Media and Politics
  • Congressional Social Media Usage (Most Active Members)
  • Measuring Social Media's Political Impact
  • Misuse of Social Media in the Political Arena: Issues and Ethics
  • Social Media, Candidates, and Campaigns
  • Social Media, Politics, and Culture
  • Social Media and Networking Websites
  • Social Media and Political Unrest
  • Social Media and Social Issues, Activism, and Movements
  • Social Media Concepts and Theorie
  • Social Media Regulation, Public Policy, and Actual Practice
  • Social Media Types, Innovation and Technology

"If, like me, you were caught off guard by the sudden currency of "cloud computing"...the three-volume Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics is the reference work for you....The first volume provides a handy chronology of how social media evolved....As promised in the encyclopedia's title, there is plenty of politics between these six covers...."

Dennis Drabelle
The Washington Post

"Media anthropologist Harvey's pioneering work on the burgeoning role of social media in politics provides a useful, eclectic foray into still-uncharted and often hard-to-navigate waters. ...VERDICT: The proliferation of social media has so profoundly changed the landscape of political communication that a treatise of this nature is long overdue. Recommended for both general readers and social scientists from a variety of disciplines."

David Ettinger
George Washington University Library
Library Journal Reviews

"This set skillfully and expansively canvasses the increasingly ubiquitous topic of social media and its relationship to both the American political process and the organization of politics in U.S. society. ...The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics has roundly succeeded in surveying the current state of the field and provided students of the topic a one-stop shop of digestible information. Recommended for high-school and undergraduate collections." *Starred review.

Brian Odom

"...This encyclopedia will be a useful resource for academic and public libraries supporting programmes, organizations and interests in communications, media, political science and information science."

Jodi Kearns
The University of Akron
Reference Reviews

“Organized along the same clean lines as a number of other SAGE encyclopedias published recently, the set (also available online) will be welcomed in public and academic libraries, as well as in many high school libraries..."

M. Schumacher
American Reference Books Annual

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