LSE Review of Books (12 August 2016) (review by Hesham Shafick):
Social Media and Everyday Politics contests two contrasting approaches to social media research: the one that valorises its political significance and the other that treats it as an entirely personal space. Instead, Highfield conceptualises social media as a technological innovation that fosters interactions between personal and political lives
Choice (December 2016) – recommended (review by J. M. Keller)
Highfield discloses his biases and as such makes a much more believable showing of politics beyond election and into social movements…. Of special interest to sociology, journalism, and political science scholars, the internet studies encompassed in this book bridge the gap between these disciplines by showing the interaction among them.
This book brings a welcome addition to the growing literature on the interface between social media and political communication, approaching the topic through the prism of everyday politics and mundane media practices.
Symbolic Interaction (March 2017) (review by Rituparna Patgiri)
Throughout the book, there is a beautiful combination of both theoretical arguments and empirical examples. Highfield is successful in driving home his argument as well as its contemporary relevance… To conclude, Highfield’s book is an excellent contribution to the nascent but very important field of media studies. Keeping in mind the growing influence of social media on our lives, this is a timely read.