This study examines thematic and structural features of short films submitted to a
worldwide video competition to define democracy. A total of 120 videos submitted from
around the world are analyzed to identify prominent themes of democracy such as equal
participation and diversity as well as audio and visual structural elements. Authors
investigate whether and how thematic and structural aspects of videos differ depending upon
geographical region and the degree of democratization. Implications of the findings are
discussed in the context of procedural and substantive democracy.
This is the author's final draft. Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Seo, H., & Kinsey, D. (2012). Meaning of democracy around the world: A
thematic and structural analysis of videos defining democracy. Visual Communication
Quarterly, 19(2), 94-107. DOI: 10.1080/15551393.2012.682890.
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