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Digital throwntogetherness: young Londoners negotiating urban politics of difference and encounter on Facebook

Leurs, Koen (2014) Digital throwntogetherness: young Londoners negotiating urban politics of difference and encounter on Facebook. Popular Communication, 12 (4). pp. 251-265. ISSN 1540-5702

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15405702.2014.960569


The question of how we can live together with difference is more urgent than ever, now that more than half of the world’s population live in cities. For example, the majority of London’s inhabitants are ethnic minorities. Following Massey (2005), city dwellers negotiate a situation of intense “throwntogetherness,” as they live in the proximity of ethnic, racial, and religious others. Shifting the dominant focus of media and migration scholarship from transnational communication toward local everyday practices, this article develops the notion of digital throwntogetherness to chart relationships between geographically situated digital identifications and the urban politics of cultural difference and encounter. The argument draws from in-depth interviews with 38 young people living in Haringey, one of the most diverse areas in London, and builds on digital methods for network visualizations. Two Facebook user experiences are considered: transnational networking with loved ones scattered around the world and engagement with geographically proximate diverse digital identifications.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:55
Projects: 332318, Urban Politics of London Youth Analyzed Digitally (UPLOAD)
Funders: Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship

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