The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 44: Social Media and Politics
The advent of the Internet has generated enormous interest about whether and how digital platforms, including Social Media, have any impact on the political sphere. As a result, today we can rely on an increasing body of research addressing the multiple relations between Social Media and politics from different perspectives. The approaches proposed to explore the topic are often different and they do not always interact with each other, and force the analysis of its causes and effects into divergent paths arriving sometimes at different conclusions. However, there is an agreement on the fact that the Internet has created new channels of communication that have dramatically changed the flow of information ...