Civic engagement from a communication infrastructure perspective

Yong Chan Kim, Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach

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The purpose of this study is to articulate the concepts and assumptions of communication infrastructure theory (CIT) in its present stage of development and validation. As an ecological approach to communication and community, CIT claims that access to storytelling community resources is a critical factor in civic engagement. When embedded in a neighborhood environment where key community storytellers encourage each other to talk about the neighborhood, individual residents are more likely to belong to their community, to have a strong sense of collective efficacy, and to participate in civic actions. CIT framework offers a way to examine the ecological processes that concern the effects of communication resources on civic community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-197
Number of pages25
JournalCommunication Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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