The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness. Next Generation Diaspora is an ethnography of the uses of various web platforms and applications by second-generation Iranian Americans living in Los Angeles, the long-time media and cultural center of Iranian diaspora. It is written by Dr Donya Alinejad, postdoctoral researcher on the ERC project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora, and Belonging” at the Department of Media and Culture Studies.
Investigating how practices of web use are embedded within everyday social, cultural, and political life in LA, the book unpacks contemporary diasporic belonging through its discussion of the digital mediation of race, memory, home, and the historic Iranian Green Movement of 2009.
Web media practices
Its chapters are organized around each of these four themes, with each showing how web media practices have become integral to Iranian American identity formation for this generation. It argues for a notion of "digital styles” to explain how specific web applications afford new stylings of diaspora culture.