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Social Media in Trinidad

Values and Visibility

Drawing on fifteen months of ethnographic research in one of the most under-developed towns on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, this book describes the uses and consequences of social media for the town’s residents. Jolynna Sinanan argues that this semi-urban region is a place in between: somewhere city dwellers look down on but that other villagers look up to. The town’s chief core value asserts that one should not elevate oneself over others, and Sinanan explores how residents carefully navigate social media as a tool for visibility while still advocating against more cosmopolitan values.      

262 pages | 90 illustrations | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2017

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Table of Contents

"1. Introduction and field site: a town that could be anywhere
2. The social media landscape: new media and ‘old’ media
3. Visual postings: showing individuality and remaining
part of a group
4. Relationships: polymedia and the family
5. Social media and social visibility: being very local
and very global
6. The wider world: non-activism and the visibility of values
7. Conclusion: social media through ethnography "

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