(2012). Mundane Citizenship: New Media and Civil Society in Bulgaria. Europe-Asia Studies: Vol. 64, New Media in New Europe-Asia, pp. 1356-1374. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2012.712247
This essay examines the new forms of civic and political engagement that the increasing accessibility of internet-based media has precipitated in the Bulgarian context. It discusses the results of three case studies which focus respectively on online forum discussions of a significant political event; a campaign of eco-protests; and the activism emerging from a website and forum dedicated to motherhood. The essay argues that new media have brought civic and political issues and the possibility to deliberate and act on them into the everyday lives of Bulgarians. As a result, the voice of Bulgarian civil society has grown stronger and has been able to penetrate the sphere of formal politics, sometimes with important consequences.