Facebook as a Platform for an Imagined Diasporic Community
AbstractOvercoming geographically determined territorial boundaries, Facebook as a communication platform offers an extension of Benedict Anderson’s concept of the ‘imagined community’ (2006, xi), particularly in the form of groups formed around diasporic communities. These Facebook groups encourage civic engagement and are bound together by the use of a distinctive ‘cyber-language’ and set of expressions that contribute to a sense of shared identity. In this paper, I look at the ‘cyber-dialogues’ of three south Asian diasporic cultures in New Zealand, namely Indian, Malaysian and Filipino, to identify the most popular civic issues raised on this platform by each of them.
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