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Social Networking, Mobilities, and the Rise of Liquid Identities

Social Networking, Mobilities, and the Rise of Liquid Identities AbstractThis research focuses on representations of mobilities and their role in social networking on Facebook. Based on an ethnographic research design embedded in a grounded theory approach, the study investigates the mobility patterns of one Generation Y network. The analysis of 50 profiles in this network, including texts, photographs, photo albums and check-ins, suggests that Facebook fosters corporeal as well as imaginative mobility, ultimately leading to the emergence of ‘liquid identities’, i.e. identities modelled on movement. Social media, specifically Facebook, have set in motion complex patterns of competition for network capital and social status based on mobilities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mobilities Taylor & Francis

Social Networking, Mobilities, and the Rise of Liquid Identities

Mobilities , Volume 11 (5): 21 – Oct 19, 2016

Social Networking, Mobilities, and the Rise of Liquid Identities

Mobilities , Volume 11 (5): 21 – Oct 19, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThis research focuses on representations of mobilities and their role in social networking on Facebook. Based on an ethnographic research design embedded in a grounded theory approach, the study investigates the mobility patterns of one Generation Y network. The analysis of 50 profiles in this network, including texts, photographs, photo albums and check-ins, suggests that Facebook fosters corporeal as well as imaginative mobility, ultimately leading to the emergence of ‘liquid identities’, i.e. identities modelled on movement. Social media, specifically Facebook, have set in motion complex patterns of competition for network capital and social status based on mobilities.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1745-011x
eISSN
1745-0101
DOI
10.1080/17450101.2015.1034453
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Abstract

AbstractThis research focuses on representations of mobilities and their role in social networking on Facebook. Based on an ethnographic research design embedded in a grounded theory approach, the study investigates the mobility patterns of one Generation Y network. The analysis of 50 profiles in this network, including texts, photographs, photo albums and check-ins, suggests that Facebook fosters corporeal as well as imaginative mobility, ultimately leading to the emergence of ‘liquid identities’, i.e. identities modelled on movement. Social media, specifically Facebook, have set in motion complex patterns of competition for network capital and social status based on mobilities.

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MobilitiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 19, 2016

Keywords: Facebook; Identity; Mobilities; Network capital; Social media; Transport; Travelness

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