Narratives of migration on Facebook: Belonging and identity among former fellow refugees

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article brings together research on migration and identity in translocal and superdiverse contexts, and the recently expanding interest in narratives and interaction in social media, by examining the construction of identities in narratives shared in a private Facebook group message. The participants are former fellow refugees from Poland who reconnected on Facebook after two decades. The article analyzes three narratives produced in response to the researcher's question about ethnic and national affiliations. Using Bucholtz & Hall's (2004) tactics of intersubjectivity framework, this study examines the complex and conflicting ways in which individuals position themselves with respect to various contexts of belonging and difference (Meinhof & GalasiƄski 2005) that emerge in their narratives. I argue that the narratives show a link between essentialist or nonessentialist views of ethnicity/nationality, and the teller's assumed agency over her identity. The study also discusses new possibilities for discursive practices in social media contexts. (Narrative, migration, social media, identity, belonging)

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baran, DM

Published Date

  • April 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 268

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-8013

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0047-4045

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0047404518000027

Citation Source

  • Scopus