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Diaspora and Mapping Methodologies

Tracing Transnational Digital Connections with ‘Mattering Maps’

D. Alinejad, L. I. Candidatu, M. Mevsimler, C. Minchilli, S. Ponzanesi, F. N. van der Vlist (alphabetical)

There is a methodological tendency in work on diaspora and digital media for quantitative investigations to approach diaspora in static ways that contrast with theories of diaspora as a dynamic cultural formation. On the other hand, qualitative, ethnographic work tends not to engage with digital methods and quantitative data‐driven investigation. In this article, we sketch this methodological and disciplinary disconnect and address it by proposing a model for understanding digitally mediated formations of diaspora that combines digital methods techniques with a sensitivity to ethical and theoretical discussions of migration and diaspora. Drawing on interpretive epistemologies and feminist research ethics, we present a case study analysis of a locally informed, Turkish–Dutch issue. We argue for a method that produces ‘mattering maps’. This involves tracking and visualizing digital traces of an issue across web platforms (Google Search results, Facebook pages, and Instagram posts) and integrating this with an analysis of the face‐to‐face interview responses of a key issue actor.

belonging; diaspora; emotion; Europe; migration and mobility; social networks



Kind Journal Article
Author D. Alinejad; L. I. Candidatu; M. Mevsimler; C. Minchilli; S. Ponzanesi; F. N. van der Vlist
Publication Date 2018, May 23 [first published online]; 2018, December 5 [issue published online]
Journal Global Networks – A Journal of Transnational Affairs
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 21–43
Publisher John Wiley & Sons (Chichester, United Kingdom)
Identifier 10.1111/glob.12197; 1471-0374 [part of]
License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0