Making the ‘New Citizen’: (Self-)Representation Narratives of Italians of Immigrant Background on Intercultural Digital Media Platforms - Marina Morani - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Comunicazioni Sociali Vita e Pensiero

Making the ‘New Citizen’: (Self-)Representation Narratives of Italians of Immigrant Background on Intercultural Digital Media Platforms

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Journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
Sezione Open Access
Title Making the ‘New Citizen’: (Self-)Representation Narratives of Italians of Immigrant Background on Intercultural Digital Media Platforms
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
Format Article | Pdf
Online da 06-2022
Doi 10.26350/001200_000145
Issn 0392-8667 (print) | 1827-7969 (digital)
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The study critically examines the personal stories of Italians of immigrant background – or ‘new citizens’ – published on intercultural digital media platforms. It explores how and to what extent these individual narratives broaden,  challenge, or subvert the dominant regime of representation of ‘immigration’ in Italy. Drawing on a conceptual framework informed by cultural studies and critical discourse analysis, the paper finds that the strategic, organising idea  of the ‘new citizen’ articulated through a set of recurring discourses, while on the one hand seeks to challenge hegemonic portrayals of ‘the immigrant subject’, on the other hand strategically draws on neoliberal aspirations and  essentialist interpretations of formal citizenship to legitimise a collective project of socio-political inclusion. The analysis informs final reflections on the potential, limitations and ongoing transformations of collective inter-cultural  tactics of (self-)representation towards more inclusive and diverse discourses about cultural identity, citizenship and belonging.

Making the ‘New Citizen’: (Self-)Representation Narratives of Italians of Immigrant Background on Intercultural Digital Media Platforms by Marina Morani is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

keywords

Intercultural digital media; representation; citizenship; cultural identity

Author biography

Cardiff University – moranim@cardiff.ac.uk

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