Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048512472858
Title: Redefining youth activism through digital technology in Singapore
Authors: Zhang, W. 
Keywords: Activism
engagement
generational difference
ICT
Singapore
youth
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Zhang, W. (2013). Redefining youth activism through digital technology in Singapore. International Communication Gazette 75 (3) : 253-270. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048512472858
Abstract: This article examines the relationship between youth, digital technology and civic engagement, within the context of the authoritarian democracy of Singapore. In-depth interviews with 23 young activists were conducted to provide information regarding the emergence of digital activism. The findings are presented in three parts. First, the article explains how activism has been understood in the Singaporean context, and how young activists understand, appropriate or reject this concept. Through this exercise of (re)defining activism, we are able to see how ICT goes beyond its function as a tool, and for young activists becomes an important component of their political lexicon. Second, the article examines generational shift through the young activists' own accounts of their parents and seniors, including how the prominence of ICT differs between older and younger activists. Third, it explores current use of ICT in activism, examining different types of technology and their advantages and shortcomings. © The Author(s) 2013.
Source Title: International Communication Gazette
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52034
ISSN: 17480485
DOI: 10.1177/1748048512472858
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