1st Edition

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

Edited By Margaret U. D'Silva, Ahmet Atay Copyright 2020
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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).