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'Good Morning Fitfam': Top posts, hashtags and gender display on Instagram

Baker, S.A. & Walsh, M.J. (2018). 'Good Morning Fitfam': Top posts, hashtags and gender display on Instagram. New Media and Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444818777514

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Abstract

Social networking sites are important platforms for visual self-presentation online. This article investigates how content producers present their gender identities on the social networking site, Instagram. We draw upon and develop Goffman’s analytic framework to understand the self-presentation techniques and styles users employ online. Conducting a visual content analysis of clean eating–related top posts, we examine how users deploy clean eating hashtags and how the architecture of Instagram constrains and enables certain identities around shared lifestyles and commercial interests. Our findings reveal the symbolic significance of hashtags for group membership and the degree to which gender identities on Instagram are configured around platform interfaces.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Baker, S.A. & Walsh, M.J. 'Good Morning Fitfam': Top posts, hashtags and gender display on Instagram. New Media and Society. Copyright © 2018, the authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: Community, gender identity, Goffman, hashtags, health, Instagram, self-presentation, social media, taste community, visual communication
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19915

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