Media Choice and Identity Work: A Case Study of Information Communication Technology Use in a Peer Community

Communication and Information Technologies Annual

ISBN: 978-1-78350-629-3, eISBN: 978-1-78350-582-1

ISSN: 2050-2060

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Abstract

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By examining online and offline social interactions in a defined community over time, we expose the process of identity work in a holistic manner. Our analysis emphasizes the underlying process where media choices can be harnessed to fulfill the need to identify with groups and feel affirmed in one’s claims to both personal and social identity.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments

This work has been supported by the OtaSizzle research project, funded by Aalto University (previously Helsinki University of Technology TKK) “Technology for Life” campaign donations as well as by additional funding from the SOVAKO graduate school, TEKES, the Emil Aaltonen foundation, the Finnish Science Foundation for Economics and Technology, and an ASLA Fulbright grant. We acknowledge our colleagues at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and UC Berkeley’s School of Information, as well as the anonymous reviewers for their many valuable comments.

Citation

Lampinen, A., Lehtinen, V. and Cheshire, C. (2014), "Media Choice and Identity Work: A Case Study of Information Communication Technology Use in a Peer Community", Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 103-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2050-206020140000008020

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