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Social Media, Nigerian Youths and Political Participation: A Thematic and Methodological Review

Social Media, Nigerian Youths and Political Participation: A Thematic and Methodological Review
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Author(s): Nwachukwu Andrew Egbunike (Communication and Language Arts Department, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2017
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Civic Engagement and Social Change (IJCESC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Susheel Chhabra (Periyar Management and Computer College, India)
DOI: 10.4018/IJCESC.2017100104

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Abstract

This article is a study of the influence of social media on political participation of youths in Nigeria through a review of the methodology, research themes and theoretical trends. The research method was a content analysis of forty-four relevant empirical articles. Findings showed that the predominant themes were political participation, social media and ethnicity. Most of the reviewed studies employed surveys, desktop research or critical review of literature as their research method. Most reviewed studies either adopted quantitative or qualitative research method and without a theoretical framework. It was evident that many studies in the global north did not link political participation to ethnicity, unlike those that were carried out in Nigeria. In addition, there were few studies on the influence of social media on the political participation of youths. Consequently, research in this area has to contextualize the Nigerian experience, adopt a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research methods with a strong theoretical base.

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