The general research question that we wanted to answer with this research project was: How do (young) Muslim women in the Netherlands, Greece and the United Kingdom use digital media to negotiate their religious affiliations and their transnational diasporic belongings? We started this research as an explicit intersectional project in which we aimed to understand more about the connections between new media and various axes of difference, such as nationality, religion, gender, age, class, and education. In order to answer our questions, we conducted elaborate fieldwork, consisting of in depth interviews and focus groups and online ethnographies, in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Greece. Finally, our research focused on 4 main concepts: agency, generational differences, secularism and visibility/public sphere. Critical Discourse Analysis was an important starting point for the analysis of our online and offline data.
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The aim of our research will be to:
- To undertake research on transnational digital networks dedicated to religion, through which diasporic networks based on religious and/or spiritual belief are created and sustained.
- To identify gender relations within those digital networks with particular emphasis on the ways in which religion and gender are intertwined in the construction of diasporic identities, cultural ties and a common sense of belonging across borders.
- To explore alternative policy and theoretical perspectives through which religion and diasporic belonging are propagated through new digital media as part of the processes of transnationalism.