One of the most cited benefits of the internet for immigrants and indeed everybody in today’s globalized world is that it can eliminate physical distance.I set out to find [[ ]]I
Why this studyMethodology (lit review + grounded theory + qualitative case inerviews)Main idea
What particularly fuels studies on identity formation today is the steadily increasing international movement of populations, one of the most important aspects of globalization. [[Children and adolescents are at the forefront of globalization (Dasen, 2000; Schlegal, 2001; Larson, 2002; Jenson, 2003; de Block & Buckingham, 2007) ]]From this conscious decision-making, a new diasporic identity is born (Mitra, 1997; Larson, 2002; Elias & Lemish, 2007, 2008). [[The diasporic identity is a consolidation of connections to the new host culture as well as the culture left behind, and the adaptation in between. ]][[“The initial stages of cultural adaptation are among the most vulnerable of human situations that may provoke a deep sense of insecurity” (Elias & Lemish, 2009, p. 547) ]]Before focusing on the internet, it is important to realize that other media, older than the internet, were and are still consequential to identity formation. Wartella and Robb (2011) discuss the history of media, indicating that it has always been consequential to children’s development—from radio to television to the internetJenson (2001) demonstrates that all media makes a difference in identity formation (p. 193).[[Kim (2001), Elias and Lemish (2009) go as far as saying that the internet plays a decisive role in the identity shaping process. ]][[The online environment is positioned as complementary and conducive to children’s identify development.]]This includes the complex diasporic identities of today
Immigrant children’s identity is often a combination of their activities in the global, transnational and local spheres. Each child creates his own cocktail of these three ingrediants. Let’s look at each component that may contribute to diasporic identities. [[The global cultural sphere]] Global youth identity is international. Worldwide trends like Web 2.0; Facebooking; Hello Kitty products or the beatles are examples there. They are products or activities popular worldwide regardless of what country you’re from.[[The Transnational cultural sphere]] is another one immigrant children may keep in touch with. Elias and Lemish say that the transnational relationships in immigrant children’s lives allows them to “preserve those parts of their homeland that they miss most” after they have moved away to their current host-country. Keeping up with the popular music, or national holidays from their ethnic-homeland, communicating with relatives who are still there or even parents still abroad and children communicate with them. SO participating in the transnational culture to differentdegrees can contribute to immigrant identity.Local
Explain ethnic and nnid w examplesEthnic identity is the identity derived from ethnic culture. In the case of my subjects this would be the identity derived from their Iranian background. New national identity is derived from the culture of the country they now call home. This is the country to which they have emigrated. New national identity is an identity based on local culture. from the culture available locally to the immigrant child. In the case of my subjects this would be the American culture.
First dialogue boxLocal cultural activities boxUses for the internet box
EMERGENT THEORYYou can also indicate the years they were in the states. Peyton 5 yrs, Emma 5 yrs, Jasmine 5 yrs
Supporting emergent theory
Children of immigrants >> Perhaps because they always lived in the US, the combination of different cultures in their identity has remained constant. Thus whatever ingredient of cultures they experience is taken for granted and invisible to them.Immigrant children>> Perhaps because they recall a time in their life where their cultural exposure was different, their experiences today stand relative to their past. Thus it is quite visible that a new nationality exists.
Master of Arts’ Thesis PresentationOn Immigrant Children, Identity &the Internet Minoo Razavi Spring 2013Adviser: Dr. Evan Barba, Communication, Culture& TechnologyReader: Dr. Fathali M. Moghaddam, Department ofPsychology