Social Media in Trinidad

Values and Visibility

Jolynna Sinanan

Social Media in Trinidad

Jolynna Sinanan

Distributed for UCL Press

262 pages | 90 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2017
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781787350946 Published April 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781787350953 Published April 2018 For sale in North America only
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.      
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