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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » Methodologies for the Civically Engaged (shared reading)
    regard to the communities or peoples they want to bring attention to E g with Invisible Children wouldn t it be interesting if the organization facilitated bottom up production of videos and photo collages in addition to attracting membership via its own cool top down branding videos Members of IC would become documentary photographers and filmmakers and as IC looks beyond Uganda for its raison d etre its members would be armed with new methods to showcase the plight of newer afflicted peoples or more wondrous still let those peoples document themselves Global microstructures are difficult to implement as a methodology since as the authors observe these microstructures are emergent and temporally complex However it is not inconceivable that civic participation could does occur in this format If so it is important for researchers to be on the look out for and for orchestrators to understand in order to execute After all terrorist cells a la Al Qaeda this article discusses allegedly operate as global microstructures Links to articles Wang C Burris M 1997 Photovoice Concept methodology and use for participatory needs assessment Health Education Behavior Vol 24 3 369 387 http deepblue lib umich edu bitstream 2027 42 67790 2 10 1177 109019819702400309 pdf Caldwell J T 2003 Alternative media in suburban plantation culture Media Culture Society Vol 25 647 667 http mcs sagepub com content 25 5 647 full pdf html Cetina K 2005 Complex global microstructures the new terrorist societies Theory Culture and Society 5 213 234 http kops ub uni konstanz de volltexte 2009 8098 pdf Complex Global Microstructures pdf This entry was posted by Ritesh Mehta on Friday August 20th 2010 at 11 33 pm and is filed under Uncategorized You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » sharing readings (reflection)
    provocation articles that raise new ideas introduce uncertainty or push for a change and d FYI for articles that are worth skimming the title and author but otherwise are not required just yet This still leaves open the decision of whether it is most appropriate to send the entire article a marked up version an excerpt or a summary reflection and whether we re comfortable sharing our priorities on this blog grin I do know several constituencies that might appreciate some kind of classification scheme newcomers partners and outsiders Partners and researchers join the group annually if not more often and catching up to a shifting collective knowledge base is notoriously difficult And of course it might just help the rest of us too Changing gears here s an actual reading one that just came out this year and got my wheels turning Hahn C L 2010 Comparative civic education research What we know and what we need to know Intellect 6 1 PROVOCATION What should we keep in mind from traditional civic education research First that it is global I noticed that Lori and Lana s recent list of readings also raises some comparative questions so consider this a second vote Additionally per this article the notion of civic education appears to remain narrow even outside the American context no mention of boycott or new media skills let alone fan communities Third this article mentioned in passing some fascinating evidence that making classrooms more participatory does impact traditional civic outcomes an interesting bridge to our participatory culture arguments that I hadn t come across previously and can t wait to check further Want to read it If you re in our research group check out my marked up version sorry everyone else I m timidly protecting access since my

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » Charity vs Activism
    Research Forum Sydney Kennelly Jacqueline Joan Citizen youth culture activism and agency in an era of globalization Dissertation http circle ubc ca handle 2429 769 Jeff Goodwin James M Jasper Francesca Polletta Passionate politics emotions and social movements Chapter The Felt Politics of Charity Serving the Ambassadors of God and saving the sinking Classes Norris Pippa 2002 Democratic Phoenix Reinventing Political Activism Isin Engin Fahri Being Political Genealogies of Citizenship Charity Philanthropy and Civility in American History edited by Lawrence Freedman Mark McGarvie Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2003 Bremmer Robert Giving Charity and Philanthropy in History By Robert H Bremner McCarthy Kathleen D 1990 Lady Bountiful Revisited Women Philanthropy and Power Bickford and Reynolds 2002 Activism and Service Learning Reframing Volunteerism as Acts of Dissent Pedagogy Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature Language Composition and Culture 2 2 It s a difficult set of terms to parse given that new terms keep popping up being political volunteerism advocacy etc but we re hoping to start pinning down some key concepts that will be useful as we continue our work We ll keep you up to date This entry was posted by lklopez on Monday August 2nd 2010 at 3 56 pm

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » Shared readings
    Plymouth UK Rowman Littlefield Publishers Colby A 2008 The place of political learning in college Association of American colleges and universities Spring summer 4 12 Owen D 2008 September Political socialization in the twenty first century Recommendations for researchers Paper presented at the Future of Civic Education in the 21st Century conference Montpelier VT Electronic copy retrieved from http www civiced org pdfs GermanAmericanConf2009 DianaOwen 2009 pdf On the scissor effect the claim that volunteering comes in place of political participation Longo N 2004 The new student politics Listening to the political voice of students The Journal of Public Affairs 7 1 1 14 Data about young people s volunteering and political engagement Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA 2009 The American Freshman National norms for 2008 Los Angeles CA Available http www heri ucla edu publications brp php Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement see http www civicyouth org The MacArthur Series on Civic Engagement a key source for many of the issues we re discussing with a foreword by Henry Jenkins Mimi Ito and others This entry was posted by Neta on Monday August 2nd 2010 at 3 18 pm and is filed under

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture
    Groups July 15th 2010 by Rhea Vichot When individuals engage in behavior that might be considered inauthentic by other group members they or other members often engage in bridging discourse to explain why the behavior is congruent with the idea of being period in doing so they demonstrate that their behavior is linked to the same ideology to which other group members link their behavior When group members engage in behavior that others see as incongruent with the group s ideology they risk portraying themselves as deviant and indicating that they believe the ideology of the group is unimportant Other group members may feel that such actions reflect poorly on the group as a whole and this may change the collective identity of the group When individuals engage in bridging discourse they protect themselves or others from stigma but also maintain the collective identity of the group Members accomplish this by reinterpreting the group s ideology redefining their behavior or offering explanations as to why they should be excused from meeting the group s standards Decker 2010 Stephanie Decker s recent article in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography argues for the idea of bridging discourse that is discourse that individual members of a group may employ in order to explain inconsistencies of action with the overall group identity in an attempt to maintain cohesion While the ethnographic research that serves as the basis of the paper is focused on participants in the SCA Society for Creative Anachronism this model of intragroup discourse may prove useful for the group especially in discussing groups that have a upper management which may be attempting to change the group s focus direction Decker s piece as well as the work she draws on is primarily based on Goffman s frame analysis work Decker s work builds from Snow et al 1986 work on frame bridging While frame bridging refers to the connections between two or more different but compatible organizations with each other or an organization with an individual who has a different but compatible frame bridging discourse deals with intragroup discussion between individual members or between a member and the group in whole Decker also cites research on frame alignment by Oliver and Johnson 2000 which focused on recruiting practices in social movement groups Here Decker is trying to expand the types of groups this sort of research can focus on but it is worth noting that given the research group s focus on social groups that are also in various ways social movement groups that this line of work bears further inquiry Briefly bridging discourse is described by Becker as a set of strategies employed by group members to help ease incongruities between their actions and the group s overall identity in order to smooth over those differences and maintain group cohesion In her work with the SCA she describes several instances of members employing bridging discourse to explain their actions In particular the main use of bridging discourse in the SCA was explaining why someone was not in period dress Sneakers and rubber soled boots in particular served as a focus for group dissonance since one of the group s overall tenet is to maintain the illusion of period medieval and early renaissance garb Examples of bridging discourse used was claiming to be a new member and therefore ignorant of group policy apologizing profusely and claiming a time logistical snafu prevented the proper garb from being worn or in cases where members are in period but culturally clashing garb by incorporating the seeming inconsistency into an elaborate backstory for the persona one was portraying in SCA events Members who are reacting to this discourse may make exceptions to the behavior especially if the deviant member in question is considered a valued member of the group in order to maintain group identity Of course this bridging discourse has certain limits Members can choose not to employing bridging discourse and accept a reputation as a deviant within the group Secondly in particular if enough members behave consistently outside of the group s frame it may shift the frame of the group so that members are no longer deviating from the group Decker notes that group members explained that while they did not want to include members who did not make an attempt to be historically authentic they found it important for the sake of the group to accommodate members with various interpretations of the ideology while such members often noted that this flexibility alters the concept of authenticity and lowers the groups standards for historically accurate behavior this flexibility ultimately made it possible for the group to survive 292 Bridging discourse then might be something worth noting in our conversations and other research on the group we are looking at Especially considering groups such as Racebending and the HPA which have or are planning to change the scope of the group s identity from a top down angle it may be useful to see how individual members react to this shift and whether bridging discourse is utilized to either enforce the old group identity or the new one In a group such as IC it may be useful to see if bridging discourse is utilized among members when talking about events or the group identity in itself Reference Decker S 2010 Being Period An Examination of Bridging Discourse in a Historical Reenactment Group Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 39 3 273 296 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment Icy Dead People July 11th 2010 by Chris Tokuhama The sound is both unmistakable and unforgettable Equal parts siren call banshee cry and woeful lament the anguished scream of the female horror victim is a primal sound that instantly evokes unsolicited dread from somewhere deep within This image often accompanied by an overhand stabbing pantomime reminiscent of Psycho is the typical response that greets me whenever I mention my research interests in Horror Many of my peers speak to me about their brushes with the genre and

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture» Blog Archive » Star Wars and Political Discussion
    see how the introduction of an MMO during the Old Republic period will allow discourse that differs from Star Wars Galaxies I think it will be interesting to see how the forums develop over the next 10 months as the game leads up to launch In that vein here are some of the things that I ve been thinking about lately Lord of the Rings Star Wars and Participatory Fandom Teaching Old Brands New Tricks http www cato org pub display php pub id 4192 I ve also including some of the readings that I used for a recent paper on Invisible Children Alice James and the Spectacle of Sympathy Examining Social Resistance and Online Offline Relationships Muscular Christianity and the Spectacle of Conversion Product RED Case Study and Ethics RED and Causumerism Youth Culture and Conflict Narratives Tags Causumerism Invisible Children MMO Product RED Star Wars This entry was posted by Chris Tokuhama on Sunday July 11th 2010 at 2 41 pm and is filed under Reading You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed About us To read more about our work visit our in

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » Causumerism
    ideals While much of this discussion has already taken place around published media I am interested to see how the introduction of an MMO during the Old Republic period will allow discourse that differs from Star Wars Galaxies I think it will be interesting to see how the forums develop over the next 10 months as the game leads up to launch In that vein here are some of the things that I ve been thinking about lately Lord of the Rings Star Wars and Participatory Fandom Teaching Old Brands New Tricks http www cato org pub display php pub id 4192 I ve also including some of the readings that I used for a recent paper on Invisible Children Alice James and the Spectacle of Sympathy Examining Social Resistance and Online Offline Relationships Muscular Christianity and the Spectacle of Conversion Product RED Case Study and Ethics RED and Causumerism Youth Culture and Conflict Narratives Tags Causumerism Invisible Children MMO Product RED Star Wars Posted in Reading Comments Closed About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the guilty part

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  • Civics, Popular Media & Participatory Culture » Invisible Children
    and ideals While much of this discussion has already taken place around published media I am interested to see how the introduction of an MMO during the Old Republic period will allow discourse that differs from Star Wars Galaxies I think it will be interesting to see how the forums develop over the next 10 months as the game leads up to launch In that vein here are some of the things that I ve been thinking about lately Lord of the Rings Star Wars and Participatory Fandom Teaching Old Brands New Tricks http www cato org pub display php pub id 4192 I ve also including some of the readings that I used for a recent paper on Invisible Children Alice James and the Spectacle of Sympathy Examining Social Resistance and Online Offline Relationships Muscular Christianity and the Spectacle of Conversion Product RED Case Study and Ethics RED and Causumerism Youth Culture and Conflict Narratives Tags Causumerism Invisible Children MMO Product RED Star Wars Posted in Reading Comments Closed About us To read more about our work visit our in progress research site From Participatory Culture to Public Participation Categories Reading 5 Uncategorized 26 Recent Posts Bringing the guilty

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