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Technologies of indigeneity: indigenous collective identity narratives in online communities

Longboan, Liezel C. 2013. Technologies of indigeneity: indigenous collective identity narratives in online communities. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis examines contemporary constructions of collective indigenous identity. It specifically focuses on the offline and online interactions among the members of Bibaknets, an online community for indigenous peoples from the highlands of the Cordillera Region, Philippines. The study explores the relational and positional nature of collective indigenous identity as Cordillerans attempt to resolve the tensions between their experiences of marginalisation and their goal for empowerment. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality, the thesis critically analyses the processes of Cordilleran collective identity construction which are inscribed in power relations not only between highlanders and the dominant population but also among themselves. On the one hand, members are motivated to join and participate in Bibaknets discussions as a forum for Cordillerans. On the other hand, such participation is constrained by some members who direct the discussions and consequently define the membership of the forum.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Funders: Ford Foundation, Philippine Social Science Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 15:20

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