1st Edition

Teaching and Learning about Difference through Social Media Reflection, Engagement, and Self-assessment

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teaching and Learning about Difference through Social Media considers the role social media has played in prompting public conversations about difference and diversity, including issues relating to ethnicity, race, religion, political affiliation, gender, and sexual orientation. These issues are addressed in the context of the present political climate. They are also examined with respect to occurrences of hate and violence, including hate crimes and mass fatality events. Using a historical and socio-cultural approach to how we look at these significant issues in the USA, the authors examine the ways difference and diversity are represented in online interactions via social media. In order to encourage a more informed dialogue and critical conversation with students, each chapter includes: discussion questions, self-reflection and self-assessment activities, and suggestions for further reading,.


    Ideal for courses in diversity and social justice education and beyond, this content and practice-based text integrates the identification of issues of difference and diversity with suggestions for how we can address these issues in the social media age.


    1. The advent of social media and the people who use it: Introduction

    2. Social media as the new "news" source and the distancing of dialogue and treatment of difference

    3. The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Contextualizing the dialogue on difference on social media

    4. Racial Intolerance & Social Media

    5. Religious views and the treatment of others on social media

    6. Women and girls and social media

    7. Hate, Violence, Terrorism & Social Media

    8. LBGTQ community and Social Media


    Lillian Vega-Castaneda is Professor of Multicultural/Multilingual Education at California State University Channel Islands, USA.

    Mario Castaneda is Associate Professor of Education and an Associate for the Latin American Studies Program at California State University Los Angeles, USA.