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Digital diaspora, reinvigorating Indigenous identity and online activism: social media and the reorientation of Rotuman identity

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Titifanue, J and Varea, RR and Varea, R and Kant, R and Finau, G, Digital diaspora, reinvigorating Indigenous identity and online activism: social media and the reorientation of Rotuman identity, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, 169, (1) pp. 32-42. ISSN 1329-878X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X18803377

Abstract

The island of Rotuma in Fiji poses a paradox. Indigenous Fijians make up more than 60% of Fijiís population. However, as a unique ethnic group, Rotumans are a demographic minority, with their language listed on the UNESCO list of endangered languages. This is caused by extensive outmigration, with more than 80% of Rotumans residing outside of Rotuma. Recently, Rotuman migrants have heavily relied on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and new media, as tools for reinvigorating culture, rekindling familial ties and being a platform for political discourse on Rotuman issues. Facebook has been increasingly employed by Rotumans to inform and educate themselves and their networks on the implications of two bills introduced in Fijiís Parliament in 2015, which impact Rotuma in terms of its land and customs. This article examines how Rotumans have innovatively used social media to reinvigorate culture and how this has evolved to take on an increasingly political dimension.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital diaspora, Fiji, Indigenous identity, online activism, reinvigorating culture, Rotuma
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Screen and digital media not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Media services
Objective Field:Media services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Finau, G (Dr Glenn Finau)
ID Code:139834
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2020-07-07
Last Modified:2020-08-12
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