Uyghur Facebook use and diasporic identity construction

NurMuhammad, R, Dodson, G, Papoutsaki, E and Horst, H 2013, 'Uyghur Facebook use and diasporic identity construction', in Proceedings of the IAMCR 2013 Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 25-29 June 2013, pp. 1-23.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Uyghur Facebook use and diasporic identity construction
Author(s) NurMuhammad, R
Dodson, G
Papoutsaki, E
Horst, H
Year 2013
Conference name IAMCR 2013: Crises, `Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders
Conference location Dublin, Ireland
Conference dates 25-29 June 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the IAMCR 2013 Conference
Publisher International Association for Media and Communication Research
Place of publication Oregon, United States
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Abstract This paper presents preliminary empirical findings of an ongoing examination of the use of online social media, specifically Facebook, among the Uyghur diaspora which has been described as a 'diaspora under construction' (Dilnur, 2012, p.3). The paper demonstrates how online identities are constructed through social media use, and in turn how the construction of these identities contributes to the production of an emerging 'Uyghur diasporic identity'. The research this paper is based on takes a mixed-­‐methods approach, combining content analysis of key Facebook sites and semi-­‐structured interviews with Uyghur diaspora scholars. Facebook sites have been chosen as this social network/social media constitutes a space of global, daily online interactions much used by members of the Uyghur diaspora. This paper presents an analysis of data collection over a three-­‐ month period on the Facebook wall discussion archives.
Subjects Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) Facebook
social media
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