Date: Tuesday, 28th May 2019 at 2pm
Place: LORIA, room A008
Speaker: Angeliki Monnier (Université de Lorraine – CREM)
Title: Understanding ICT uses as “habitus”?
This presentation will address the uses of information and communication
technologies (ICT), particularly social media, as “habitus”, inspired by
Pierre Bourdieu’s Field Theory. My thesis draws on an empirical study,
conducted on the professional network LinkedIn, which focused on
discussion groups held by Greek and French expatriates, respectively.
More particularly, analysis has shown that discussions are not conducted
in the same way between Greek and French expatriates. For the former,
the question is the image of the country, tarnished by the economic
crisis. For the latter, it is the direct contact with the Other, on the
background of the French colonial past, which colors the discussions.
My argument is that the representations and “patterns of thought” that
determine how Greek and French expatriates get involved in a discussion
group within a professional social media are socio-historically
determined and could be associated to distinct habitus. Following Pierre
Bourdieu’s theory, these divergences could be related to the positions
that Greece and France hold within the international migration field.