A1 Journal article (refereed)
Youth Political Talk in the Changing Media Environment : A Cross-National Typology (2022)

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., Boczkowski, P. J., Hayashi, K., Mitchelstein, E., & Villi, M. (2022). Youth Political Talk in the Changing Media Environment : A Cross-National Typology. International Journal of Press-Politics, 27(3), 589-608. https://doi.org/10.1177/19401612211055686

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All authors or editors: Kligler-Vilenchik, Neta; Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Keren; Boczkowski, Pablo J.; Hayashi, Kaori; Mitchelstein, Eugenia; Villi, Mikko

Journal or series: International Journal of Press-Politics

ISSN: 1940-1612

eISSN: 1940-1620

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 24/11/2021

Volume: 27

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 589-608

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/19401612211055686

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78783


While political communication scholarship has long underscored the importance of political talk—casual conversations about news and politics that occur in everyday situations—as a way for citizens to clarify their opinions and as a precursor for political engagement, much of this literature tends to depict political talk as uncomfortable and difficult for citizens. Yet, this focus on the challenging aspects of political talk has been informed predominantly by the US context. To what extent may a different picture emerge when looking across different cultural contexts? And how are these dynamics shaped by the affordances of the multi-platform social media environment? This paper explores these questions through a unique dataset of 122 qualitative interviews conducted between 2016 and 2019 with young people (ages 18–29) from five countries: Argentina, Finland, Israel, Japan, and the United States. Rather than solidifying the avoidance of controversial political talk as the key strategy at the disposal of young people, our findings point at a five-pronged typology of young people, with each type representing a different approach toward political talk. Our typology thus contributes to a more comprehensive and nuanced picture of various approaches towards political talk employed by young people across different countries and in relation to different digital media affordances.

Keywords: politics; conversation; public discussion; media; social media; political journalism; communication; communication culture; young people; context; comparative research

Free keywords: Argentina; comparative research; Finland; Israel; Japan; political expression; political talk; social media; US; Youth

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Reporting Year: 2022

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