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Sophia, Colección de Filosofía de la Educación

On-line version ISSN 1390-8626Print version ISSN 1390-3861


GOZALVEZ-PEREZ, Vicent  and  CORTIJO-RUIZ, Gemma. Human development and social media in digital societies. Sophia [online]. 2023, n.34, pp.41-64. ISSN 1390-8626.

This article proposes a philosophical and pedagogical reflection about the conditions for Human development and citizen empowerment in digital social contexts. Living in the digital age requires theoretical foundations that guide civic education in digital environments and that point towards social and democratic progress. However, the idea of ​​developing an intercultural and democratic ethos in an interconnected and media world is not an easy task to tackle. In this way, this research aims to respond to aspects such as: What are the civic capacities and virtues in a radically diverse media environment? How to promote media citizenship in the face of ethically and politically questionable uses of social media? How to promote a digital culture in line with human development? After a bibliographical and hermeneutical analysis, a training proposal is articulated to empower media citizenship based on the ‘capability approach’ of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. In accordance with these assumptions, and based on the current need to rebuild a democratic ethos for an interconnected and globalised world, a theoretical model is formulated to cultivate democracy in digital environments, in favour of human development and taking advantage of the potential of social networks as a reticular communicative structure with a global and intercultural scope.

Keywords : Democracy; interculturality; human development; capabilities; civic education; social media.

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