New ethnicities and the internet: Belonging and the negotiation of difference in multicultural Britain

Parker, David and Song, Miri (2009) New ethnicities and the internet: Belonging and the negotiation of difference in multicultural Britain. Cultural Studies, 23 (4). pp. 583-604. ISSN 0950-2386. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09502380902951003) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Stuart Hall's observation that '..identity is formed at that point where the unspeakable stories of subjectivity meet the narratives of history, of a culture.' (Hall 1987, 'Minimal Selves', in Identity: The Real Me, ICA, London, p. 44) has inspired much of our previous exploration of the lives of second generation Chinese young people in Britain. In this work we have drawn attention to the relative absence of British Chinese voices in public culture. Since 1999 the emergence of Internet discussion sites produced by British Chinese young people has provided forums for many of their previously "unspeakable stories" to circulate. In this paper we re-examine Stuart Hall's influential discussions of identity in the light of the Internet's role in transmitting the discourses he regards as formative, rather than expressive, of identities. The everyday interchanges of the Internet provide more spontaneous representations than the artistic practices prompting Hall's discussion of 'new ethnicities' 20 years ago. Accordingly, the online discussion forums we discuss in this paper address a number of issues often overlooked in appropriations of the new ethnicities terminology. In addition to ongoing debates about the 'place' and experiences of British Chinese people, we examine the growing off-line mobilizations engendered by online engagements.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Special Issue: Stuart Hall and ‘Race’
Uncontrolled keywords: British Chinese, Identities, Internet, Mobilization, Racialization, Stuart Hall
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 14:35 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37842 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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