EMERGING GENDER IDENTITIES IN STUDENTS’ SOCIAL MEDIA LANGUAGE CLASS GROUP INTERACTION

Arzu Ekoç

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The aspiration of this study is to provide a lens to students’ emerging multiple identities, especially gender identities. The present study does not concern with the notion of typicality or representativeness but with the particularities and complexity together in the given context. Social media presents a fertile site for investigation of the discursive construction of emerging identities. In this study, one particular identity emerging along with L2 language learner identity through interactions is found to be gender identity. It was intertwined with other aspects of identity such as friendship and solidarity. The study revealed how social-community building of the students has been established through jokes, sarcasm and sharing by utilizing multi modalities in social media and foregrounding their gender identities.

 

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identities, learner identities, gender identity, social media

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