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Dyer, Harry T. Designing the Social: Unpacking Social Media Design and Identity. Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education. Singapor: Springer Singapore, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5716-3_6
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-981-15-5715-6
BibTeX citation key: Dyer2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Didactics, Empirical research, Identity, Narratology, Performance, Sociology, Webcomics
Creators: Dyer
Publisher: Springer Singapore (Singapor)
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This book uses data collected from in-depth interviews with young people over the course of a year to explore the complex role of social media in their lives, and the part it plays in shaping how they understand and present their identity to a broad public on a wide array of platforms. Using this data, the book proposes and develops a new theoretical framework for understanding identity performances. Comic Theory, detailed in this book, centres on a consideration of the role of social media design in shaping identity, and explores the ways in which socio-culturally grounded users engage in acts of compromise, novelty, and negotiation with social media designs and digital technologies to produce unique identity performances.
Positioned within the field of educational research, this book overtly challenges assumptions and myths about the internet as a neutral source of knowledge, instead exploring the way in which designs and technologies shape who we interact with and how we understand what it is to be social. Moving beyond the over-used ‘digital natives’ paradigm, this book makes a clear case that educators and education researchers need to move beyond a focus on coding and digital skills alone, highlighting the pressing need to take explicit account of the overlaps between digital technology, culture, and education.

Chapter 6: Comic Theory: A New, Critical, Adaptive Theoretical Framework for Identity Presentation

Through a sustained engagement with sociological theories of identity and the social, this chapter builds the case for a new theoretical approach to considering identity presentation online. This chapter begins by exploring previous sociological approaches toward identity, specifically focusing upon Goffman’s work around the performative nature of identity. The chapter then progresses to discuss the work of Foucault in understanding the manner in which Discourse shapes our social experiences, before moving on to discuss Actor-Network Theory as an approach for understand the social beyond a focus on human influences alone. Finally, Barad’s work around agential realism is introduced as an approach that allows for an understanding of the ways in which humans and non-humans negotiate the boundaries of the social world in an ongoing manner. It is suggested that a frame is needed that brings these four approaches together, and as such, the chapter takes one final turn towards considering Comic Book Studies as a field of research which allows for a detailed look at narrative construction between socio-culturally bound readers and specifically designed media.
Using this as a frame, this chapter proposes and introduces Comic Theory as a new framework to understand identity performances online as an ongoing platform-specific negotiation between user and design.

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