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What is Fencism

Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement and Social Change in Contemporary Society
An unusual political alignment of some Twitter users in Nigeria who do not support any political party but maintain an objective political opinion.
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Fencism: An Unusual Political Alignment in Twitter Nigeria
Noel Ihebuzor (EvidentisDev, Nigeria) and Nwachukwu Andrew Egbunike (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4197-4.ch021
Most twitter users supported either All Progressive Party (APC) or Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 Nigerian elections. In the midst of this, an unusual political alignment emerged which was called Fencism who neither supported any of the two political parties but claimed to be objective despite having a political opinion. This study investigated the definition and characteristics of Fencism using survey, quantitative and qualitative content analysis. The rational choice theory was the framework used in this study. Findings revealed that Fencism is a distinct political alignment and a manifestation of the rational choice theory. Yet there was no consensus on the definition owing to the irreconcilable ambiguity of remaining objective and but yet professing a bias.
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