[Air-L] Book out: Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender and Youth Cultural Intersections (pb print & open access)

Leurs, K.H.A. (Koen) K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl
Thu Jun 25 01:03:07 PDT 2015

Dear list members,
Apologies for cross-posting, I’m happy to announce the print paperback and free open-access publication of my book Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender and Youth Cultural Intersections.

The book has just been released by Amsterdam University Press as part of their Media Matters series, you can download the open access pdf here: http://oapen.org/search?identifier=559550
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, do get in touch!
All the very best,
Koen Leurs
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Media and Communications, LSE
Incoming assistant professor Gender and Postcolonial Theory, Dept of Media and Culture, Utrecht University
Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0.
Diaspora, Gender and Youth Cultural Intersections
Increasingly, young people live online, with the vast majority of their social and cultural interactions conducted through means other than face-to-face conversation. How does this transition impact the ways in which young migrants understand, negotiate, and perform identity? That's the question taken up by Digital Passages: Migrant Youth 2.0, a ground-breaking analysis of the ways that youth culture online interacts with issues of diaspora, gender, and belonging. Drawing on surveys, in-depth interviews, and ethnography, Koen Leurs builds an interdisciplinary portrait of online youth culture and the spaces it opens up for migrant youth to negotiate power relations and to promote intercultural understanding.
********* Details *********
Amsterdam University Press, Media Matters Series
Release date: 15 June 2015
Pages: 324
Figures: 20
Tables: 8
Paperback print: 39.95 €, see  http://nl.aup.nl/books/9789089646408-digital-passages-migrant-youth-2-0.html
Free open access download: http://oapen.org/search?identifier=559550
********* Endorsements *********
"Koen Leurs' work on Moroccan-Dutch youth in the Netherlands with a focus on their use of new media makes a very important contribution to research on race, ethnicity and diasporas. The work is informed by theories in postcolonial studies, critical geography, migration and transnationalism and gives us a clear look at the everyday use of new technology by these young people while revealing the power hierarchies that shape the production, use and circulation of media made by and for these young people. His methods allow us to see these young people as agents who make decisions in their media use and production. He also shows how anti-immigrant feelings manifested in offline community are reproduced in computer game culture online. Overall the extent, depth and scope of this project makes it a strong contribution to the study of youth cultures in global media contexts."
- Radhika Gajjala, Professor of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University

"Nothing else has been published on these topics that can match the rigour and insight of Koen Leurs' innovative book. Neither cheerleader nor nay sayer, he blasts apart every over simple assumption about social media in the everyday life of these marginalised and misunderstood young Dutch people. Digital Passages: Migrant Youth 2.0 will find a broad resonance beyond the Netherlands. It should be read by everybody interested in the power of network technologies that have altered solidarity, place and belonging and are now transforming the meaning of culture itself."
- Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature at King's College London

"This book analyzes data about the everyday digital lives of Moroccan-Dutch youth gathered by a gifted researcher over many years. A rich and complex picture emerges, one that adds substantially to the existing scholarship on xenophobia, youth and social media, and identity. Strikingly interdisciplinary, humane, and fascinating research from a nuanced feminist perspective."
- Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

*********Table of contents*********
Methodological Trajectory
Voices from the margins on Internet forums
Expanding socio-cultural parameters of action using instant messaging
Selfies and hypertextual selves on social networking sites
Affective geographies on YouTube

Appendix 1: meet the informants

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