This thesis argues that social media give agency to a population of immigrant women
within an imagined community—and real community—as they negotiate being both
American and Somali Muslims in diaspora. Based on a study of 19 women’s personal
Facebook sites—supplemented with interviews, a focus group and ethnographic
methods—this project finds that women’s self-presentations reveal attributes that rarely
show up in dominant news media coverage. Since little is written about Somali women,
documentation of their integration into Minnesota is important to understanding the
immigrant process and how online social media play a distinctive role. This study
explores how these refugees interpret, re-construct, and try-out their multi-faceted
identities as Somali immigrants and American citizens.
The project contributes toward a better understanding of immigrant and minority
communities and the role social media play in communication and development of
ethnic, religious and cultural identities.
University of Minnesota Master's thesis. March 2012. Major: Communication Studies. Advisor: Mark Pedelty. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 142 pages.
Kelley, Debra Susan.
Somali-American Muslim Women's Use of Mediated Technology in Identity Expression.
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