Defining Identity and the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age

Defining Identity and the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age

Alison Novak (Rowan University, USA) and Imaani Jamillah El-Burki (Lehigh University, USA)
Release Date: May, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 316
ISBN13: 9781522502128|ISBN10: 1522502122|EISBN13: 9781522502135|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0212-8


Since the popularization of Internet technologies in the mid-1990s, human identity and collective culture has been dramatically shaped by our continued use of digital communication platforms and engagement with the digital world. Despite a plethora of scholarship on digital technology, questions remain regarding how these technologies impact personal identity and perceptions of global culture.

Defining Identity and the Changing Scope of Culture in the Digital Age explores a multitude of topics pertaining to self-hood, self-expression, human interaction, and perceptions of civilization and culture in an age where technology has become integrated into every facet of our everyday lives. Highlighting issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in digital culture, interpersonal and computer-mediated communication, pop culture, social media, and the digitization of knowledge, this pivotal reference publication is designed for use by scholars, psychologists, sociologists, and graduate-level students interested in the fluid and rapidly evolving norms of identity and culture through digital media.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer-Mediated Communications
  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Identity
  • Digital Natives
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Online Communities
  • Social Media

Reviews and Testimonials

In 16 chapters, communication, English, and other scholars from North America, Europe and Bangladesh examine the intersection between culture and identity in the digital age. They provide case studies related to race and ethnicity, including Asian American identity in the YouTube video “Shit Asian Dads Say,” racial and gender jokes in Comedy Central's Justin Bieber roast, social media and the Bi Fujian incident, TasteKid and Toni Morrison, and the “1821” documentary series about the 1821 Revolution in Greece; gender aspects, such as online breast cancer support groups, the 2014 controversy around Facebook's real name policy and drag queens, and more.

– ProtoView Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Alison N. Novak is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Advertising at Rowan University. She is a graduate of Drexel University's program in Communication, Culture, and Media. Her work looks at the journalistic treatment of age, gender, and engagement.
Imaani Jamillah El-Burki is a media scholar whose work investigates intersectionality. Her research examines the ways in which media representations of various social groups become visual, textual and linguistic expressions of both dominant and peripheral definitions of difference. She further investigates the relationship between media representation, media framing and individual and collective identity; social policy; and existing social hierarchies.