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Title: Social networking technology: Place and identity in mediated communities
Authors: Goodings, L.
Locke, Abigail.
Brown, Steven D.
First Published: 25-Oct-2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Citation: Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 2007, 17 (6), pp. 463-476
Abstract: This paper explores the rise of social networking technology as instances of mediated communities. A dialectic between collectivity and place, resulting in the grounding of a shared sense of the past in a particular place, is at the base of all communities. In this sense, community is, by its very definition, inherently ‘mediated’. We reformulate the notion of a ‘virtual community’ to examine the particular modalities of mediation across interactions occurring on Myspace. Data from two separate conversational exchanges are taken from open access Myspace profiles. Drawing on an approach broadly informed by the principles of Discursive Psychology (DP), we examine how identity is constituted within interaction by drawing on symbolic resources. The significance of place and of establishing a delicate relationship between the on-line and off-line accomplishments is underlined. The paper develops the arguments of Benwell & Stokoe (2006) and Dixon & Durrheim (2000) to arrive at an account of ‘place identity’ as the central dynamic in mediated community.
DOI Link: 10.1002/casp.939
ISSN: 1052-9284
eISSN: 1099-1298
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The definitive version is available at
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