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Performative Intimacies and Political Celebritisation
Örebro University.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
2017 (English)In: Selfie Citizenship / [ed] Kuntsman, Adi, Springer, 2017, 65-74 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mattias Ekman and Andreas Widholm provide fresh insights into an ongoing performative turn in political communication, arguing that the incorporation of selfies into the daily communication strategies of individual politicians entails a popularisation and celebration of political discourse. Against the background of Swedish politicians’ self-imagery on Instagram, they show that ‘performed connectivity’ has become increasingly central for political identity making online, paralleling the celebrity management of actors in the global entertainment industry. This development is problematised in terms of three performative styles that disclose strategic choices in which politicians act and interact across the increasingly blurring boundaries of the professional and the private and where symbolic connections between politicians and citizens are staged through new mediatised performances.

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Springer, 2017. 65-74 p.
Keyword [en]
Celebrity politics Political communication Performativity Instagram Selfies
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Media Studies
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32099DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45270-8_8ISBN: 978-3-319-45270-8 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-45270-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32099DiVA: diva2:1075046
Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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