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Fortunat Miarintsoa and Carles Roca publish in African Diaspora

Fortunat Miarintsoa and Carles Roca publish in African Diaspora

Fortunat Miarintsoa and Carles Roca have published the article "Blogging as Digital Citizen Participation. The Case of the Malagasy Diaspora" in the journal African Diaspora

29.11.2021

 

Abstract
This article analyses the political blogging of the Malagasy diaspora as part of their transnational political participation. It focuses on three aspects of the blogs: the most frequent topics addressed, how are the topics addressed, and the political bloggers. To do this, a Thematic Content Analysis based on four categories (‘soapboxes’, ‘transmission belts’, ‘conversation starters’ and ‘mobilisers’) of four of their most active and influential political blogs was conducted. The analysis revealed that (i) the blogs are mostly “soapboxes” that consist of commenting the political issues in Madagascar, (ii) their contents were mostly focused on the coup d’ état in 2009, and (iii) the bloggers are involved in direct political participation in parallel offline. This paper shows the role of the studied blogs as tribunes of opinions that gather a partisan audience discussing the Malagasy political issues, and as judgment tools contributing to the braking or fuelling of Madagascar’s international relations.
 
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Suggested citation:
Andrianimanana, F. M., & Roca-Cuberes, C. (2021). Blogging as Digital Citizen Participation, African Diaspora (published online ahead of print 2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/18725465-bja10018

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