Co-opted Marginality and Social Media in Singapore

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2021-01-05
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Chib, Arul
Emes, Claire Stravato
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Social media provide a platform for groups that are not conventionally ostracized to claim marginality. This study proposes a working definition for the phenomenon of "co-opted marginality" within the context of communication on social media. The phenomenon is examined in the Singaporean context; 17 Singaporean citizens were interviewed about their experiences with immigration online and offline. We find that, within constrained legal, social, and traditional media environments, social media provides a platform for a dominant group facing challenges to enact co-opted marginality.
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Mediated Conversation, marginality, nationalism, prejudice, social media
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