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Media Practices an Forced Migration: Trust Online and Offline
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6537
2018 (English)In: Media and Communication, ISSN 2083-5701, E-ISSN 2183-2439, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 149-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the relationship between online and offline practices in the special case of forced migration. By applying a central category in social relations, trust/distrust as developed by Niklas Luhmann, this article contributes to the understanding of forced migration in the digital age. It presupposes that, without a strategy of trust, it would be almost impossible to cope with situations of unfamiliarity and uncertainty. By interviewing refugees, the questionis in what contexts the refugee recognizes that they can trust (or not). The article concludes that through the combination of on- and offline communication practices, more varied mechanisms for the creation and stabilization of trust are provided. In contexts of unfamiliarity, interpersonal relations with the native inhabitants play an important role in bridging online and offline worlds.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 2, p. 149-157
Keywords [en]
media technologies; migration; refugee; systems theory; trust
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35776DOI: 10.17645/mac.v6i2.1281Local ID: 3366/3.1.1/2016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-35776DiVA, id: diva2:1229688
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The (dis)connected refugee
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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This article is part of the issue “Media and Communication between the Local and the Global”, edited by Jessica Gustafsson (Södertörn University, Sweden) and Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (University of Helsinki, Finland).

Available from: 2018-07-02 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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