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The Mediated Lives of Muslim College Students in the United States: Identity and Community on Instagram, 2019

Identifier: pr_2019spring_marcucci_susannah.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2019


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis


84 pages (84 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"Since 9/11, Muslim-American communities have been subject to discrimination and surveillance (Cashin, 2010; Sirin & Fine, 2007; Tindongan, 2011) and the situation has continued through the early years of the Trump administration. This study investigates how Muslim college students in the United States navigate identity construction and community building on social media within this context. Using a grounded theory approach to analyze the data from the Instagram pages of six Muslim Student Associations on US college campuses, the study develops a model of the Affirmational Social Media Space. The Affirmational Social Media Space is characterized by a focus on memory building, pride in the group's identity, friendship between group members, information sharing, use of in-group speak, and connections between offline and online experiences of group members. The study results outline how certain conditions lead to the development of supportive and dynamic online spaces for marginalized groups." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.02C Communication Studies

Physical Description

84 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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