Micro-population

Micro-population is a concept introduced by Maly and Varis (2015) to make sense of group construction and identity formation in times of digitalization and (neoliberal) globalization. According to them, micro-populations are polycentric, layered and transnational groups. 

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Identity

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Identity refers to various aspects of how we see ourselves, how we show ourselves to others, and how we perceive others.

Enoughness

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Enoughness is a theory of contemporary identity that states that identities are constructed out of a particular portion ("enough") of emblematic identity features.

Micro-population

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Micro-populations are the material expression of temporary and emerging micro-hegemonies. They group people together by their ‘style’, by the places where they hang out and the places where you can’t find them.
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Backpackers and identity in the digital world

Paper
Linmin Zheng
10/01/2020
20 minutes to read

This paper analyzes backpackers as a micro-population. It demonstrates how I produce part of my identity on and offline as a member of this transnational micro-population in the digital world.

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r/AmItheAsshole: How redditors cooperate to become better people

Article
Simon Moser
17/06/2020
16 minutes to read

In a world full of conflict and assholes, a digitally-versed ensemble of frustrated moral philosophers offers to provide free yet sincere judgment on past or upcoming choices. This article presents how the subreddit r/AmItheAsshole operates.

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Deviance and the furry community

Article
Marit van Dijck
06/04/2020
13 minutes to read

The furry community is a large social group that manifests itself both online and offline. This paper focusses on why the community is seen as deviant and how deviance is also created within the community. 

Contemporary vampires: Should we be afraid of the dark?

Article
Savina Karneva
22/05/2020
12 minutes to read

Real vampires live among us. Who are they, what indexes a "real vampire", and are they a threat to society? This article delves into what shapes real vampires into a deviant social group.

VSCO girls on TikTok

Article
Marieke Weeda
10/02/2020
11 minutes to read

The phenomenon of VSCO girls started in the summer of 2019, but is now already waning. In this article, VSCO girls are approached as a micro-population. Their identity characteristics are examined along with their appreciation online.