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Young Angolans on Facebook: creating some space. Africa (June 30, 2012) 167,335,67615,6% South Africa8,500,00017,4% Angola2,976,65714,8%. Facebook subscribers. march 2011 dec 2013 Africa total30,665,460 51,612,460

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Young angolans on facebook creating some space

Young Angolans on Facebook:

creating some space


Young angolans on facebook creating some space

Africa (June 30, 2012) 167,335,67615,6%

South Africa8,500,00017,4%

Angola2,976,65714,8%


Facebook subscribers

Facebook subscribers

march 2011dec 2013

Africa total30,665,460 51,612,460

South Africa 4,095,280 6,269,600

Angola 233,280 645,460

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats1.htm

Latest figures December 31 2013,

accessed 11-02-13


Facebook is used as

Facebook is used as:

  • A tool for connecting and re-connecting with people, replicating as well as transcending the possibilities of face-to-face social networks

  • A medium to work out feelings of belonging to a more abstract ‘community’ and ‘homeland’

  • A space to express and communicate aspects of one’s identity.


Growing up angolan in south africa

Growing up Angolan in South Africa

  • ‘Angolanidade’

  • Proudly pan-African

  • Aspirations for the future as global and mobile citizen

    CONTEXT

  • Rapid increase in mobile phone and internet connectivity in past decade

  • End of civil war in Angola in 2002

  • Xenophobic attacks 2008 and World Cup 2010

  • Residency status in South Africa insecure

  • Economic boom Angola


Grounding oneself through facebook by

Grounding oneself through Facebook by:

  • Linking and building networks with individuals, being (re)connected to family members and friends

  • Sharing with virtual and global community

  • Presentation of self on home page

  • Expressions of ‘Angolanidade’

  • Plugging into an Angolan sphere on group pages


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