Defining Identity and the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age

Country: USA

City: Philadelphia

Abstr. due: 15.03.2015

Dates: 30.07.15 — 30.07.15

Area Of Sciences: Cultural science;

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Organizers: Temple University


Scholars have long established that media shape, construct, and reflect dominant articulations of identity and group membership. The incorporation of new media formats via digital technology has dramatically shifted human interaction, and shifted expressions of identity and group membership. Understanding how users (re)articulate identity, maintain existing hierarchies, and exercise greater control over their expression of self is key to understanding social interaction and the impact of new media upon society.

This book looks to discuss and address how three social categorizations that define identity and group membership-age, gender and race- appear in digital spaces.  The goal of the book is to demonstrate how these cultural categories that have been explored in the physical world, manifest in digital spaces. Thus, a combination of both theoretical and data driven analyses will be included.

With a focus upon how web-based technology gives users unprecedented control over aspects of identity that have been traditionally uncontrollable, possible topics will include:

  • Depictions of Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity in Social Networks

  • Selecting a binary gender in profile accounts

  • ‘Passing’: Racial or other Identity hiding online

  • Racial Inequalities & Challenging Post-Race Identity

  • Case Study on Digital Marketing through Race

  • Multiple Identities in online spaces

  • Feminism and digital challenges to gender inequality

  • Stereotypes of ages, generations, or cohorts and digital technologies

  • Age shifting and deception online

  • Case Study on designing digital technologies for digital natives

  • Intersectionality Online

We welcome any inquiries or abstract proposal for the volume. Researchers and practitioners should prepare abstracts of 1,000-2,000 words describing the scope, goal, and research included in their chapter by March 15, 2015. Notice of accepted abstracts and submission guidelines will be sent on April 15, 2015. Full chapters are due by July 30, 2015. All accepted chapters are subject to a double-blind review process, and authors may be asked to serve as reviewers for the project.

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