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Title: Gender and political participation : news consumption, political efficacy and interpersonal communication
Authors: Wen, Nainan
Hao, Xiaoming
George, Cherian
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Media effects
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Wen, N., Hao, X. & George, C. (2013). Gender and Political Participation: News Consumption, Political Efficacy and Interpersonal Communication. Asian Journal for Women’s Studies, 19(4), 124-149.
Series/Report no.: Asian journal for women’s studies
Abstract: 近年来女性在政治方面取得了巨大进步,在此背景下,本研究着重考察如下两个问题:第一,在教育背景相似、获得政治新闻的机会均等的青年男女中是否仍存在着政治参与方面的性别差异?第二,新闻消费、政治效能感及政治讨论等多个因素是如何影响性别与政治参与的关系的?通过在新加坡一所大学的学生中进行的一次问卷调查,本研究发现与男性参与者相比,女性参与者具备较少的政治知识和政治效能感,她们也更少参与政治讨论及其他一些线上、线下的政治活动。研究结果进一步表明女性参与政治活动更多受她们的政治效能感和政治讨论的影响,而男性则主要依赖政治效能感。另外,新媒体尤其是社交媒体上的新闻消费同时影响男性和女性的政治参与。最后,我们对本研究的意义进行了深入探讨。
With the backdrop of women’s political progress in recent decades, this study was designed to answer two related questions. First, is there a gender gap in political participation among young males and females with similar educational background and equal access to political news and information? Second, how do factors such as news consumption, political efficacy, and political discussion interact with the relationship between gender and political participation? Through a survey of university students in Singapore, this study showed that females were less politically knowledgeable, less politically efficacious, and less likely to engage in political discussion and in offline and online political activities than males. Results further showed that females depended on political efficacy and discussion, whereas males were more likely to be motivated by political efficacy in their political participation. News consumption on the new and social media platforms also appeared to contribute to political participation for both males and females. Implications of this study were discussed.
ISSN: 1225-9276
Rights: © 2013 Asian Center for Women's Studies (ACWS), Ewha Womans University. This paper was published in Asian Journal for Women’s Studies and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of Asian Center for Women's Studies (ACWS), Ewha Womans University. The paper can be found at the following official URL:  One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
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