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Nicholas Bakken and Lisa Kruse co-authored the article "An Examination of Sexual Victimization, Self-Injurious Behaviors, and Suicidality Among Female College Students" in "Journal of Interpersonal Violence" published on Oct. 5, 2019 by Sage.

Submitted on: Oct. 6, 2019


Jonathan Flinchum, Psychology; and Lisa Kruse and Dawn Norris, both Sociology; co-authored the article "Social Media as Public Sphere? Politics on Social Media" in "The Sociological Quarterly" published on Nov. 5, 2017 by Routledge. Social media platforms are popular sites, attracting millions of users who connect digitally. This has prompted some to argue that social media has promoted the return of Habermas’s ([1989] 1991) public sphere. We use data from in-depth interviews with Millennials and Generation Xers to refute this claim. Specifically, our results suggest that respondents do not engage in communicative action typical ofthe public sphere because they avoid political discourse online. Three factors influence this: (1) fear of online harassment and workplace surveillance; (2) engagement only with politically similar others; and (3) characterization of social media as a place for “happy” interactions. In addition, we find that these three factors interrelate, often sequentially, and we explore similarities and minor differences between Millennials and Generation Xers regarding each factor.

Submitted on: Nov. 9, 2017