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Apr 09 2017 - 10:54am
Paper on Social Media Identities

Hui Soo, Gary and I recently got our paper, Social Media of African Immigrant Youth: Implications for Educators, accepted for publication in the Journal of Multicultural Education's special issue on Digital Lives and Multicultural Education. The paper will be published in their fall issues. Here is the abstract:

Despite their growing numbers and influence, there is limited research on African immigrant youth in the U.S. The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine the multiple identities that first and 1.5 generation African immigrant college students enact in their online worlds. By developing a deeper understanding of how these youths enact and perceive their online identities, educators and administrators may be better able to support their educational and professional goals. Open-ended questionnaires were administered and an analysis of social media accounts was conducted to understand the shifting identities that the participants performed in their online worlds. This nuanced understanding of the participants' online lives may enable educators and policymakers to better design educational opportunities for first and 1.5 generation African immigrant youth. 

Through the course of our research, we found four predominant identities the participants portrayed on social media: ethnic, religious, athletic, and educational. A closer look at each of these identities revealed interesting information about the participants. For instance, participants revealed their individual ethnic identity (e.g. Ghanaian, Ivorian) more than an African or Black identity. If you are interested in the paper, please let me know so I can send you the full paper. 

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