A study of the mobilizing force of Facebook on political participation among Hong Kong Youth : the mediating role of connections with political actors and exposure to political information

Chun Ho CHEUNG

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Abstract

Social networking sites are increasingly used for political conversations and debates (Zhang et al., 2010). In Hong Kong, the development of social media has provided a convenient platforms for stakeholders in the political arena to publicize their ideas, each out to their followers and even help the process of political campaigning. Based on prior researches conducted by Tang and Lee (2013) and Shamsu, Bahtiar and Suhaini (2017), this study would like to examine the roles of Facebook in facilitating connections with political actors and sharing political information among users. Other than the "purely numeric" indicators which measure the amount of political actors respondents associate with and the extent of exposure to political information on Facebook, this research also would look into the impacts of the "more subjective" aspects including the level of interactivity with political actor and perceived information quality of Facebook as the predictors of political participation among Hong Kong youth. This research would adopt a quantitative approach and specifically focus on studying the use of social networking sites among the young generation in Hong Kong who are generally regarded as "digital natives" and "critical citizens" (Fu, 2013). A questionnaire survey was conducted in September 2018 and 325 questionnaires were collected. Borrowing from the concepts of the public sphere and social capital, it would explore the relationship between social media usage, exposure to political information and individual political participation and provide alternative explanations on the mediating effects of social media on political participation among local youth in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
EventThe 20th Annual Conference of Hong Kong Sociological Association : Identity Politics in a Globalized World - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Dec 20181 Dec 2018
http://www.soc.cuhk.edu.hk/hksa2018/ (Conference website)

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ConferenceThe 20th Annual Conference of Hong Kong Sociological Association : Identity Politics in a Globalized World
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period1/12/181/12/18
OtherIdentity politics, in its contemporary manifestation, largely emerged from the new social movements after the World War II (Bernstein, 2005). As young as this phrase seems to be, its sociological significance should not be underestimated and important issues remain with regard to our understanding about identity politics in an increasingly globalized world. The conference aims to encourage presentations and discussions on various aspects of identity politics in the global context.
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CHEUNG, C. H. (2018). A study of the mobilizing force of Facebook on political participation among Hong Kong Youth : the mediating role of connections with political actors and exposure to political information. Paper presented at The 20th Annual Conference of Hong Kong Sociological Association : Identity Politics in a Globalized World , Hong Kong, Hong Kong.