April 2020 Academic & Specialist Anthem Press

Anthem Southeast Asian Studies

The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media edited by Catherine Gomes

Paperback | Nov 2019 | Anthem Press | 9781785272493 | 244pp | 229x152mm | RFB | AUD$54.99, NZD$64.99

A study of the challenges of community and identity in the evolving transnational migrant and ethnographic landscapes of the Asia Pacific in the era of social media.

The growing mobility of people within and into the Asia Pacific region has created environments of increasing diversity as nations become hosts to both permanent and temporary multicultural societies. How do we begin to gauge the impact of mobility and multiculturalism on individuals and groups in this diverse region today? The authors  turn to social media as a tool of inquiry to map how mobile subjects and minorities articulate their sense of community and identity. The authors see social media as a platform that allows users to document and express their individual and collective identities, sometimes in restrictive communication environments, while providing a sense of belonging and agency. They present original empirical work that attempts to help readers understand how mobile subjects who circulate in the Asia Pacific create a sense of community for themselves and articulate their ethnic, ideological and national identities.