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Between responsibility and positioning – a study about young people’s interactions in social media
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (Kollegiet för värdepedagogisk forskning)
2018 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines young people’s argumentation about their communication in social media. The purpose is to uncover what is taken for granted in their experiences and illuminate discursive patterns in their representation of everyday life online. 32 youths (14-15 years old) were interviewed. The result shows that there are three discourses involved that in different ways condition the youths’ acting space online. The discourses are called ‘taking responsibility’, ‘saving face’ and ‘social positioning’. There is a struggle between the discourses and they take on different power positions depending on the relation between three parameters: with whom the interaction takes place, the content that is to be published and the online characteristics. The discourse ‘taking responsibility’ is superior in interactions with close friends, unlike interactions with peripheral friends, where ‘social positioning’ is superior. The discourse ‘saving face’ is found in interactions with both close and peripheral friends.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 1-17
Keywords [en]
Youth, social media, discursive patterns, taking responsibility, saving face, social positioning, communicative act, strategic acts
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Sociology
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72020DOI: 10.1177/1103308818761413OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72020DiVA, id: diva2:1194198
Available from: 2018-03-29 Created: 2018-03-29 Last updated: 2018-04-05

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