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ERIC Number: EJ812486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0164-7970
Being Multiracial in a Wired Society: Using the Internet to Define Identity and Community on Campus
Gasser, Heather Shea
New Directions for Student Services, n123 p63-71 2008
Can online communities contribute to a student's sense of belonging? Does the use of new Internet technologies enhance an individual's sense of self? Is one's racial identity relevant in cyberspace? For multiracial students, the answer to these questions is increasingly yes. Whether mixed-race students are more tech savvy than their monoracial peers may be difficult to assert with certainty. However, the proliferation of multiracial groups on social networking sites shows that students look to online portals for a shared experience and supportive community. It is increasingly hard to deny the importance the Internet plays in the identity and social development of students on campus. In this article, the author presents an overview of current technology trends and discusses how multiracial students' use of these tools may differ from that of their monoracial peers. Implications for student affairs practice and limitations of technology are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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