Mediated Political Playground: Popular Entertainment Culture and Public Sphere Engagement among Young Adults in a Context of Political Contentiousness

Sarah Johnson-Palomaki
This dissertation explores the relationship between young people, their popular entertainment media, and playful engagement with politics in the civil/public sphere(s) within the context of a seemingly hostile political environment. Through qualitative focus group and follow-up diary and interview data, organized in friend groups and grounded in their popular culture, this project explores when and under what conditions different popular entertainment media may be a resource for playful political engagement or participation in the public...
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