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How Facebook users select identity categories for self-presentation
Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1855-4258
2012 (English)In: Journal of Multicultural Discourses, ISSN 1744-7143, E-ISSN 1747-6615, Vol. 7, no 1, 37-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the display of identity on Facebook, and more specifically on how undergraduate students in Cardiff, Wales, say they express identity on their profiles. The theoretical context of this study is observed processes of change in the way we play out identity through what have been described as globalisation, deterritorialisation and the rise of lifestyle consumer society. The paper is based on an analysis of responses from a questionnaire and interviews with 100 students from Media and Communication degrees at the University of Glamorgan. The data collection is designed to indicate what kinds of self-categorisation are used. These data are analysed using Social Actor Analysis developed by Machin and Van Leeuwen. The paper shows that we find a range of identity categories, some that are based around a biological model of national identity, while others focus on a belonging to a territory, others on national cultural activities and yet others link to lifestyle identity. What is most notable in this Welsh sample is the high use of nationalist identity categories and biological ethnic classification alongside other lifestyle identities. 

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Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 7, no 1, 37-57 p.
Keyword [en]
discourse, identity, Facebook, mall nations, nationalism
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53852DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2011.652781ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84858765172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53852DiVA: diva2:1054889
Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-09 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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