Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors
Polarization (Social sciences) -- Political aspects -- Research, Social media -- Political aspects -- United States, Online social networks -- Political aspects -- United States, Internet in political campaigns -- United States, Polarization (Social sciences) -- United States
Americans in 2020 live in a time of unprecedented political polarization. Scholars often study this trend of increased polarization in conjunction with the use of social media platforms, or social networking sites (SNSs). Despite a nearly twenty-year existence, however, the discourse community surrounding the relationship between SNS use and political polarization has yet to develop past a scattered and largely theoretical body of literature. What follows is a description of the current state of the literature followed by a description of a conceptual framework scholars can use when approaching the field and designing their own research in order to make meaningful contributions to the discourse.
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Sanders, Audrey C., "Developing a Conceptual Framework for Research on Social Media and Political Polarization" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 887.