Introduction: Social media and society

Cosimo Marco Scarcelli*, Paul G. Nixon, Tonny Krijnen, Michelle D. Ravenscroft

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Abstract

Social networks represent a privileged point of observation for understanding social change and the changing relational dynamics that do not end within platforms. Social network sites bring the individual’s inner conversation, their inner reflexivity, into a context in which the social relations – to which this reflexivity is oriented – are recognised and become visible and explicit. To better understand the relationship between social media, gender and sexuality one can start from considering sex, sexuality and gender as socially constructed. Consequently, people can assume that they are reproduced by media and popular culture including social media. Digital media represent an important arena for shaping, articulating, representing and performing gender, sexuality, and intimacies. Research on digital culture produced many studies with a focus on the intersections between gender, sexuality and the digital media. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIdentities and Intimacies on Social Media
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational Perspectives
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003250982
ISBN (Print)9781032169125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2022

Research programs

  • ESHCC M&C

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