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Intercultural Communication, Identity, and Social Movements in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Edited by Margaret U. D'Silva, Ahmet Atay


190 pages

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This book examines the complex and multidimensional relationship between culture and social media, and its specific impact on issues of identity and social movements, in a globalized world.

Contemporary cyber culture involves communication among people who are culturally, nationally, and linguistically similar or radically different. Social media becomes a space for mediated cultural information transfer which can either facilitate a vibrant public sphere or create cultural and social cleavages. Contributors of the book come from diverse cultural backgrounds to provide a comprehensive analysis of how these social media exchanges allow members of traditionally oppressed groups find their voices, cultivate communities, and construct their cultural identities in multiple ways.

This book will be of great relevance to scholars and students working in the field of media and new media studies, intercultural communication, especially critical intercultural communication, and academics studying social identity and social movements.

Table of Contents


Cultural Identity and Activism In Digital Spaces

Margaret U. D’Silva and Ahmet Atay

Part I Intercultural Communication, Online Community, and Identity

Chapter 1

From Pen Pals to ePals: Mediated Intercultural Exchange in a Historical Perspective

Katie Day Good

Chapter 2

Western Media’s Influence on Identity Negotiation in Pre-Asylum ‘Gay’ Men

Nathian Shae Rodriguez

Chapter 3

‘Serving Activist Realness’: The New Drag Superstars and Activism Under Trump

Renee Middlemost

Chapter 4

Brexit and EU Migration in the BBC and CNN: Britishness versus EU Identity

Fathi Bourmeche

Chapter 5

Who am I?, Who are They?: Otherness in the Human Rights Discourse of the United Nations Facebook Pages

Monserrat Fernandez-Vela

Part II Intercultural Communication and Online Social Movements

Chapter 6

Tents, Tweets, and Television: Communicative Ecologies and the No to Military Trials for Civilians Grassroots Campaign in Revolutionary Egypt

Nina Grønlykke Mollerup

Chapter 7

"Unfriending" Is Easy: Intercultural Miscommunication on Social Networks

Olga Baysha

Chapter 8

Analyzing the Women to Drive Campaign on Facebook

Huda Mohsin Alsahi

Chapter 9

"Does This Lab Coat Make Me Look #DistractinglySexy?": A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Feminist Hashtag Campaign

Alex Rister & Jennifer Sandoval

Chapter 10

Papuan Political Resistance on Social Media: Regionalisation and Internationalisation of Papuan Identity

Yuyun W. I Surya

About the Editors

Margaret U. D'Silva is a Professor of Communication and Director of the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Louisville. She is President (2019-2021) of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Widely published, she recently co-edited, with Ahmet Atay, Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age (2019, Routledge).

Ahmet Atay is an Associate Professor at The College of Wooster. He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015, Lexington Books) and co-editor of 9 books. He recently co-edited Millennials and Media Ecology: Culture, Pedagogy, and Politics (2019, Routledge), Mediated Intercultural Communication in a Digital Age (2019, Routledge), and Examining Millenials Reshaping Organizational Cultures: From Theory to Practice (2018, Lexington Books).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Communication Studies

This series features cutting-edge scholarship--both authored books and edited collections--addressing the major issues in communication studies today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Web / Social Networking
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies