The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness

Next Generation Diaspora

  • Donya Alinejad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 1-30
  3. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 31-58
  4. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 59-99
  5. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 101-152
  6. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 153-183
  7. Donya Alinejad
    Pages 185-194
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-201

About this book


This book explores how the children of Iranian immigrants in the US utilize the internet and develop digital identities. Taking Los Angeles—the long-time media and cultural center of Iranian diaspora—as its ethnographic field site, it investigates how various web platforms are embedded within the everyday social, cultural, and political lives of second generation Iranian Americans. Donya Alinejad unpacks contemporary diasporic belonging through her discussion of the digital mediation of race, memory, and long-distance engagement in the historic Iranian Green Movement. The book argues that web media practices have become integral to Iranian American identity formation for this generation, and introduces the notion of second-generation “digital styles” to explain how specific web applications afford new stylings of diaspora culture.


Second generation studies Societal inclusion Socio-technological formation Transnational identity Iran's Green Movement Internet Users

Authors and affiliations

  • Donya Alinejad
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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