New online ethnicities and the politics of representation

Marotta, Vince 2011, New online ethnicities and the politics of representation, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 32, no. 5, Special Issue : Virtual Ethnicities, pp. 539-553.

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Title New online ethnicities and the politics of representation
Author(s) Marotta, Vince
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Season Special Issue : Virtual Ethnicities
Start page 539
End page 553
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Keyword(s) Computer-Mediated Communication
Cultural Politics
Essentialism
New Ethnicities
Online Identities
Representation
Stuart Hall
Virtual Ethnicities
Summary The paper interrogates the literature on online cultural and religious identities through a critical engagement of Stuart Hall's work on new ethnicity and regimes of representation. It suggests that this literature conflates Hall's notion of ‘new ethnicity’ with one that argues that online cultural and religious identities are ‘new’ because of transnational and global processes, the pervasiveness of computer-mediated communication and the global mobility of immigrants. Thus, current research on online ethnic and religious identities underestimates the complexity of Hall's concept and to highlight this complexity we ponder the extent to which new online ethnicities – as expressed in the current literature – reflect, construct or renegotiate so-called offline ethnicities. The paper concludes that online ethnic subjectivities, while providing alternative representations to counteract the dominant racist discourse within host societies, still reflect mimic essentialist voices.
Language eng
Field of Research 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040983

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