Inuit Identity and Technology: An Exploration of the Use of Facebook by Inuit Youth

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Castleton, Alexander




Using an ethnographic methodological strategy, this thesis looks at how a group of Inuit college students in Iqaluit use the online social network Facebook. It was found that Inuit youth are intensive users of Facebook, basically using it to communicate with their communities of origin, to maintain friends and family ties across a vast territory, to access cultural referents on Facebook groups, discuss issues, shape their identity, ask questions, access pictures of the land and recall traditions. In these Facebook groups, there is a cultural memory and remembrance of the past collectively
established through the hypertext of Facebook which further shows how technology is incorporated and adapted to a culture rather than being undermined by that technology’s incorporation. This research also argues that Inuit youth are immersed in a culture of connectivity (van Dijck, 2013) through which social life and experiences are increasingly mediated by social network sites.


Ethnic and Racial Studies
Information Science




Carleton University

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