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Taking Offence on Social Media: Conviviality and Communication on Facebook

Tagg, Caroline; Seargeant, Philip and Brown, Amy Aisha (2017). Taking Offence on Social Media: Conviviality and Communication on Facebook. Pivot. Palgrave Macmillan.

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URL: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319567167
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56717-4
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Abstract

This book explores communication on Facebook, developing the new theoretical concept of context design as a way of understanding the dynamics of online interaction. Against a backdrop of fake news and other controversies surrounding online political debate, the authors focus on inadvertent acts of offence on Facebook; that is, when users of the site unwittingly offend or are offended by the airing of political or religious views, or of opinions deemed racist or sexist. Drawing on a survey of Facebook users, they explain why instances of offence occur and what users report doing in response. They argue that Facebook users contribute to the construction of a particular social space, one that is characterised by online conviviality and a belief that Facebook is not the place for serious debate. These views in turn shape the kind of political debate that can take place on the site. This thought-provoking book will appeal to scholars and students of applied linguistics, and anyone interested in the role of social media in contemporary political and social life.

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Extra Information: Attached file is the authors' version of Chapter 1 Creating Facebook: a study of online conflict and conviviality.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Language & Literacies
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 50432
Depositing User: Caroline Tagg
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 09:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50432
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