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Tweeting Brexit: Social Media and the Aftermath of the EU Referendum

12.05.2022 19:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Maja Simunjak


Tweeting Brexit presents the most thorough examination of the role that the most political social network, Twitter, played in creating, negotiating, and challenging Brexit narratives during the process of UK’s exiting of the European Union.

Working with multiple methods, from digital media analysis to interviews, and a wide variety of data, the book offers scrutiny of Brexit-related tweets and discourses they promote and gives voice to key actors – UK citizens, political and media actors – to explain why and how they’ve used Twitter to engage with Brexit and with what outcomes. In doing so, the author engages with, and enhances, a range of theoretical discussions central to our understanding of the role of social media in politics, from permanent campaigning on social media and social media journalism, to the issue of online abuse and its impact on users' well-being and mental health, as well as the functioning of a pluralist democratic society. With a reach far beyond the central Brexit case study, the book discusses new trends and practices in political communication and contextualises them with references to empirical evidence.

The book may be of interest to students and researchers in journalism, political communication, digital media and politics, digital methods, and related areas, as well as anyone interested in developing their understanding of the role that Twitter plays in political communications.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction: Tweeting politics
  • Chapter 2 British political actors: #GetBrexitDone vs #PeoplesVote
  • Chapter 3 The European Union: #CitizensRights
  • Chapter 4 Journalists: #BrexitFacts
  • Chapter 5 Citizens: #LeaveMeansLeave vs #StopBrexit
  • Chapter 6 The Uncivil Argument?
  • Chapter 7 Conclusions: Tweeting Brexit

The book is available as hardback and eBook from Routledge -

Please consider recommending the book to your university library.



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