Different Histories, Different Narratives: ICT Uses as “Habitus”?


History forms narratives, narratives form media uses? My presentation will address this question drawing on a research conducted on social media. The latter examines the way two LinkedIn discussion groups, held by Greek and French migrants respectively, make use of this platform. The comparative approach raises the question of habitus (Pierre Bourdieu), in its global cultural sense, i.e. as related to a set of situated and ideologically charged socio-historical representations and narratives, notably those of migration. More specifically, the online discursive practices of each group suggest that different symbolic capitals shape the groups’ narratives. These divergences could be related to the positions that, historically, Greece and France hold within the international migration field. Indeed, between France and Greece, the relation to expatriation is not the same: neither in the past nor today; neither as to the reasons for the departure, nor in terms of destination countries. This relation was forged through history and continues to be reproduced in everyday life. It entails the construction of a certain self-image, the image of one’s native country or country of origin, of one’s membership (“national”, cultural, etc.) and of the Other. Greeks and French join online migrant groups in a differentiated manner because they are impregnated with these socio-historically determined representations, which are associated to the position that their countries hold in the international migration field.

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Angeliki Monnier, University of Lorraine, France

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Conference: EuroMedia2017
Stream: International Communication

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