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‘Globalized difference’: identity politics on social media

Vico, Sanja ORCID: 0000-0002-1583-0555 (2020) ‘Globalized difference’: identity politics on social media. Journal of Global Diaspora (1). pp. 55-70. ISSN 2632-5853

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Identification Number: 10.1386/gdm_00004_1


By drawing on an ethnographic study of digital communication practices of Serbian Londoners, this article identifies a new form of subtle spontaneous identity politics on social media that seeks to reassert national identity and present it both as an exotic difference and as cosmopolitan. It argues that this form of identity politics has been brought about thanks to social surveillance on social media, the context of London ‐ as a global city ‐ and the particular socio-historical position of the Serbian national identity. Thus, this article contributes to the socio-technical approach to social media, which considers both technical properties of social media and a range of social factors, including users’ agency, in understanding the social consequences of social media. The article concludes that this identity politics is ambivalent in its character ‐ while it is a source of empowerment, it also tends to commodify difference.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Intellect Publishing
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 11:51
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 23:15

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