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Open Access Localizing diasporic digital media practices: Social stratification and community making among Somali women living in Rome

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence.

In this article, I inquire into the relationship between digital media practices, community making and forms of social stratification among Somali women living in Rome. Drawing on a critical approach to the study of ‘digital diaspora’, I use theories of ‘field’ and ‘capitals’ as analytical tools to examine the impact of different positionings assumed by Somali women within the local community on forms of diasporic networking through digital means. The relationality between offline and online reality is exposed, unpacking women’s positioning and roles through an intersectional approach sensitive to age, class, literacy and gender dynamics. This reveals internal fractures or forms of solidarity shaping the landscape of the local field of Somali digital diaspora.

Keywords: Rome; Somali diaspora; cultural capital; digital diaspora; female migration; generation; social capital

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000120346234Utrecht University

Publication date: June 1, 2021

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  • Journal of Global Diaspora and Media (GDM) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform to theorize the complexities of the notion of diaspora and investigate the representations of diaspora people in the diasporic media and mainstream media from an interdisciplinary approach. The journal explores the roles played by the media to project the diaspora voices and facilitate their engagement and interaction with communities, agencies and governments at home and host nations.
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