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Free Content Young African Norwegian women and diaspora: Negotiating identity and community through digital social networks

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This article explores the ways in which Norwegians of African descent explore their relationship with the African diaspora through the multimodal practices of digital online media. Through the stories of two young Norwegian women the article examines how community, ties and ways of belonging are envisioned at both the local and the transnational levels, and at the intersection between online and offline spaces. These stories are drawn from a larger digital ethnography of the African diaspora in Norway. The article underlines the need to locate understandings of ‘diaspora’ and the ‘digital’ within relations and positionalities in specific national contexts and spaces. The article aims to add to the existing literature on how diasporas in general and African diasporas in particular are technologically mediated.

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Keywords: African diasporas; Norway; community; digital online media; identity; transnational networks

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • The course of cultures at both local and global levels is crucially affected by migratory movements. In turn, culture itself is turned migrant. This journal will advance the study of the plethora of cultural texts on migration produced by an increasing number of cultural practitioners across the globe who tackle questions of culture in the context of migration. They do this in a variety of ways and through a variety of media. To name but a few relevant aspects of this juncture of migration and culture, questions of dislocation, travel, borders, diasporic identities, transnational contacts and cultures, cultural memory, the transmission of identity across generations, questions of hybridity and cultural difference, the material and oral histories of migration and the role of new technologies in bridging cultures and fostering cultural cross-pollination will all be relevant. Methodologies of research will include both the study of 'texts' and fieldwork.
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