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Narratives of integration: Liminality in migrant acculturation through social media

Journal article
Authors Amit Mitra
Quang Evansluong
Published in Technological forecasting & social change
ISSN 0040-1625
Publication year 2019
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore....
Subject categories Media Studies, Human Aspects of ICT, International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Abstract

Migrant integration is a long drawn out process requiring synergies with various dimensions of life, rhyming with those of the host country. In this paper, we attempt to deconstruct the digital narratives of migrant to explore how they may lead to a meaningful assessment of their acculturation and consequent integration in their host societies’. Drawing on acculturation theory as a lens, we argue that migrants’ use of social media creates a liminality that is synonymous to ambiguity and disorientation that may diminish through a composite adaptation of acculturation and ethnic identity. Our data evidence on social media use among migrants domiciled in major cities in Sweden suggest that social media-based interaction of migrants is not encouraging integration, while their digital proclivities tend to define their narratives of online ethnicity and their physical realities. Implications for migrant integration are presented.

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