Collective identity and discourse practice in the followership of the Football Lads Alliance on Twitter

McGlashan, Mark (2019) Collective identity and discourse practice in the followership of the Football Lads Alliance on Twitter. Discourse & Society. ISSN 0957-9265

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Abstract

Previous studies of online (collective) identity have explored how social media–specific practices like hashtags can enable identity construction and affiliation with a wider community of users. Practices such as mentioning and retweeting have also been discussed in the literature but the practice of following as a discourse practice is underexplored. This article presents a corpus-based Critical Discourse Analytical approach to the study of collective identity on Twitter that focuses on the relationships between following and language use and details a study conducted on the language used by followers of the Football Lads Alliance – a protest group who say they are ‘against all extremism’. This approach was fruitful in identifying correlations between salient discourses in follower profile descriptions and their tweets and suggests that a portion of the followership constructs identity in relation to radical right-wing and populist discourse specifically concerning Islam/Muslims.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0957926519889128
Date: 24 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community of Practice, corpus-based Critical Discourse Analysis, corpus-based Critical Discourse Studies, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, discourse communities, identity, social media, Twitter
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
Depositing User: Mark Mcglashan
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 17:13
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8740

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