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Structuring online and offline discursive spaces on Internet governance. Insights from a network approach to map an emergent field.

Elena Pavan
University of Trento, Italy
Mario Diani
University of Trento, Italy


Abstract
Internet governance (IG) is quickly emerging both as a field of political practices at global level and as an object of interdisciplinary research. In this paper, we start proposing to conceive current processes of debate over Internet governance as a progressive consolidation of a field as a recognized area of institutional life (Di Maggio & Powell 1983) within which practices of interaction between a plurality of actors, all perceiving to be legitimate claimants in the discussion, are being institutionalized. We propose that a fruitful way to explore current dynamics within the IG field is to focus on relations actors establish one another in this social dialogue, thus structuring collaborative environments that, if analyzed systematically, can shed some new light on the very meaning of multi-actor.

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Reference:Pavan E., Diani M. (2010). "Structuring online and offline discursive spaces on Internet governance. Insights from a network approach to map an emergent field.," Proceedings > Proceedings of ALPIS
itAIS, Italy . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(21). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-21
Keywords:Internet Governance, governance networks, social networks, issue networks, communication networks, discursive spaces, online and offline dimensions
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 21 (2010)
Language:English
Email: Elena Pavan (elena.pavan@soc.unitn.it )
Mario Diani (mario.diani@unitn.it )

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