Racial Differences in Net Activism? Quantitative Analysis of Black Political Action Online 公开

Nelson-Goedert, Nicholaus Jerome (2013)

Permanent URL: https://etd.library.emory.edu/concern/etds/kk91fk598?locale=zh


Past studies indicate that political behavior diverges as a consequence of race within the American context. This study expands upon past findings by analyzing whether traditionally understood causes of such differences influence online political behavior in a similar manner. In order to accomplish this goal, I analyzed the internet module of the GSS Survey from 2000. This year is convenient both because of data availability and the absence of any effects of the Obama presidency. I conducted logistic regression analyses of race on visiting political websites, and I controlled for a number of variables that are influential in political decision making- highest degree obtained, socioeconomic class, sex, and marital status, age, and political party. I found that African Americans were most likely to visit websites to obtain political information. This finding will aid in predicting political action within the net environment.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Literature Review 1

Digital Divide 2

Racial Identity on the Web 3

Racial Identity and Political Activity 4

Online Activity 5

Hypothesis 6

Methods 7

Findings 8

Table 1 8

Table 2 9

Table 3 10

Table 4 12

Table 5 13

Table 6 14

Table 7 15

Discussion and Conclusion 16

Bibliography 17

About this Master's Thesis

Rights statement
  • Permission granted by the author to include this thesis or dissertation in this repository. All rights reserved by the author. Please contact the author for information regarding the reproduction and use of this thesis or dissertation.
  • English
Research field
Committee Chair / Thesis Advisor
Committee Members

Primary PDF

Supplemental Files