ESRC review: communities and identities

Yates, S. J., Blejmar, J., Wessels, B. and Taylor, C. (2020) ESRC review: communities and identities. In: Yates, S. J. and Rice, R. E. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190932596 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190932596.013.12)

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This chapter describes the analyses and results for the ESRC Domain of Communities and Identities, guided by two main questions: How do we define and authenticate ourselves in a digital age? What new forms of communities and work emerge as a result of digital technologies? The chapter first provides an initial overview of the major insights from the literature review and analysis, the Delphi surveys, and workshop discussions about the relevant range of the concepts of community and identity in a digital age. The resulting focus is primarily on more civic or political aspects of online communities and identities. Eight main topics emerged, including online community (including group), mobile phone, children, migration and diaspora, identity (psychology/social), gender, education, and friendship network. The analyses also highlighted theory, methods, and approaches in the literature. The review provides examples of literature in the project’s time period that illustrate these topics. The chapter ends with a discussion of future research directions (e.g., digital community exclusion and inclusion) and research challenges (e.g., the need to include history and culture in studies of online communities).

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessels, Professor Bridgette
Authors: Yates, S. J., Blejmar, J., Wessels, B., and Taylor, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Oxford University Press
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