Making Space, Making Place: Digital Togetherness and the Redefinition of Migrant Identities Online.

Marino, S., 2015. Making Space, Making Place: Digital Togetherness and the Redefinition of Migrant Identities Online. Social Media + Society, 1 (2).

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Abstract

Immigrants have played a fundamental role in shaping the life and form of urban public spaces for generations. Their efforts, as many scholars have observed, mostly aimed at creating places of comfort in new and sometimes hostile receiving countries. In recent years, the combined contribution of the built environment and screen-based experiences have shaped migrants’ sense of community and belonging, thus making the concept of online community central to ideas about space and public life. Drawing upon a 3-year online ethnography, the article discusses to what extent new media constitute spaces of digital togetherness, where diasporic experiences and transnational identities are constructed and negotiated. It presents a transnational model of creative media consumption, which helps give insight as to how diasporas and ethnic minorities contribute to the transformation of public space in the Digital Age.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2056-3051
Uncontrolled Keywords:Italian diaspora; digital togetherness; online community; public space; transnationalism
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30513
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:22 Mar 2018 13:04
Last Modified:22 Mar 2018 13:04

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