Social media in Latin America: deepening or bridging gaps in protest participation?

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Social media in Latin America: deepening or bridging gaps in protest participation?
septiembre 13, 2016

Online Information Review

2016.

Sebastián Valenzuela, Nicolás M. Somma, Andrés Scherman, Arturo Arriagada

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between social media use and protest participation in Latin America. It advances two questions. First, does social media increase the chances of protest participation at the individual level, as prior research shows for advanced democracies? Second, in a region with glaring economic and political inequalities, does social media deepen or reduce the gaps in protest participation that exist among men and women, the young and the old, different social classes, or people with varying levels of political engagement?

Keywords:

Social media, Latin America, Cross-national surveys, Political behaviour, Political inequality, Protest participation

How to cite this publication:

Sebastián Valenzuela, Nicolás M. Somma, Andrés Scherman, Arturo Arriagada, (2016) “Social media in Latin America: deepening or bridging gaps in protest participation?”, Online Information Review, Vol. 40 Iss: 5, pp.695 – 711