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Constructing identity on Facebook: Report on a Pilot Study


Bolander, Brook; Locher, Miriam A (2010). Constructing identity on Facebook: Report on a Pilot Study. In: Junod, Karen; Maillat, Didier. Peforming the Self. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto, 165-188.

Abstract

In this paper we examine the construction of identity on the social network site (SNS) Facebook. We thereby focus on the language use in personal profiles and status updates (SUs) of ten individuals from Switzerland. This paper thus presents the results of a pilot study, which is part of a larger project on language and identity in Facebook. Drawing on previous work on SNSs by Zhao et al. and Nastri et al., this paper highlights that Facebookers use a veriety of strategies of construct their identities, i.e., visual, enumerative, narrative (cf. Zhao et al.) and selflabelling practices, as well as what we term "Creative language usage."

Abstract

In this paper we examine the construction of identity on the social network site (SNS) Facebook. We thereby focus on the language use in personal profiles and status updates (SUs) of ten individuals from Switzerland. This paper thus presents the results of a pilot study, which is part of a larger project on language and identity in Facebook. Drawing on previous work on SNSs by Zhao et al. and Nastri et al., this paper highlights that Facebookers use a veriety of strategies of construct their identities, i.e., visual, enumerative, narrative (cf. Zhao et al.) and selflabelling practices, as well as what we term "Creative language usage."

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:18 Apr 2013 09:06
Last Modified:23 Aug 2023 12:52
Publisher:Narr Francke Attempto
Series Name:SPELL: Swiss papers in English language and literature
Number:24
ISSN:0940-0478
ISBN:978-3-8233-6613-3
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5169/seals-131305
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English