Tweeting Grenfell : discourse and networks in critical constructions of British Muslim social boundaries on social media

Downing, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7173-8043 and Dron, RM 2020, 'Tweeting Grenfell : discourse and networks in critical constructions of British Muslim social boundaries on social media' , New Media & Society, 22 (3) , pp. 449-469.

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Abstract

The Grenfell fire has yet to be analysed to understand the event’s implications in relation to construction of social boundaries for British Muslims. In this current research, two methodological approaches are applied to gain understandings of social boundary construction on twitter: thematic analysis of the content of tweets and social network analysis (SNA) of how messages are diffused and contested. Twitter is shown to be an important platform in spreading positive narratives about Muslims during the fire, enabling individuals to spontaneously contest fake news and hate narratives. Social media acts counter to established knowledge, demonstrating that it is not, per se, a conduit for fake news and hate speech. Furthermore, it demonstrates how twitter offers Muslims an international space to voice and articulate themselves where they can be influential in debates that effect Muslim diasporas in other national contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1461-4448; eissn 1461-7315 **History: issued 26-07-2019; published_online 26-07-2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Communication
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: New Media & Society
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1461-4448
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Funders: H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 09:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52512

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