Online collaboration and identity work in a brony fandom : Constructing a dialogic space in a fan translation project

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Shafirova , L & Kumpulainen , K 2021 , ' Online collaboration and identity work in a brony fandom : Constructing a dialogic space in a fan translation project ' , E-learning and digital media , vol. 18 , no. 3 , pp. 269-289 . https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753020988920

Title: Online collaboration and identity work in a brony fandom : Constructing a dialogic space in a fan translation project
Author: Shafirova, Liudmila; Kumpulainen, Kristiina
Contributor organization: Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
Department of Education
Date: 2021-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: E-learning and digital media
ISSN: 2042-7530
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753020988920
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340259
Abstract: Online collaboration has become a regular practice for many Internet users, reflecting the emergence of new participatory cultures in the virtual world. However, little is yet known about the processes and conditions for online collaboration in informally formed writing spaces and how these create opportunities for participants’ identity work. This ethnographic case study explores how four young adults, fans of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (bronies), negotiated a dialogic space for their online collaboration on a fan translation project and how this created opportunities for their identity work. After a year of participant observation, we collected interviews, ethnographic diaries and participants’ chats, which were analysed with qualitative content and discourse analysis methods. The findings showed how the Etherpad online writing platform used by the participants facilitated the construction of dialogic space through the visualization of a shared artefact and adjustable features. It was in this dialogic space where the participants negotiated their expert identities which furthered their discussions about writing, translating and technological innovations. The study advances present-day knowledge about online collaboration in affinity groups, engendering the construction of a dialogic space for collaborative writing and participants’ identity work.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Online collaboration
dialogic space
identity work
fandom
LITERACY
LANGUAGE
LEARNERS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


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