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Open Access ‘Ik wil niet dat mijn moeder achter me staat snap je?’ - Hoe Marokkaans-Nederlandse jongeren zich het internet eigen maken

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This article charts to what extent Moroccan-Dutch young people (12-18 years old) negotiate the affordances of Internet platforms to engage in multi-layered gender identity constructions. I disentangle how the informants creatively make do with the affordances of online discussion forums, MSN Messenger and social networking sites to come to terms with contradictory parental, religious and youth-cultural gender norms. Gender is mobilized as the key analytical category, but intersecting age-specific, religious, migration and youth-cultural power relations are also taken into consideration. The analysis is grounded in quantitative survey data of 344 Moroccan-Dutch students, in-depth interviews with 43 Moroccan-Dutch young people as well as participatory-observations conducted on online discussion forums, MSN Messenger and online social networking sites. The article draws on fieldwork carried out in the context of the Utrecht University research project Wired Up: Digital Media as Innovative Socialization Practices for Migrant Youth.

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Keywords: Marokkaans-Nederlandse jongeren; affordances; gender; identiteitsconstructie; internetgebruik; sociale netwerksites

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: London School of Economics and Political Science

Publication date: 01 May 2014

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