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Country-Specific Websites and Cultural Identity Formation

Research Proposal [pdf] (SIZE: 102KB)

Research Report [pdf] (SIZE: 339KB)

The study intends to focus on the experiences of the second generation and younger members of the indigenous Fijian community in Brisbane.

This study aims at providing preliminary information on the ways in which young indigenous Fijians born in Brisbane construct their cultural identity and the extent to which ICTs, and especially country-specific websites, contribute to this process.

The study intends to examine the following key questions:

  1. What is the significance for the younger members of the indigenous Fijian migrant community in Brisbane of their identification with their island home (Fiji) community, and how is this identity, the sense of "indigenous Fijianess," constructed or redefined?
  2. To what extent do the ICTs and especially country-specific websites contribute to this process of identity formation?
  3. Do such ICTs and websites play any distinctive role, in comparison with other major influencing factors such as personal contact with members of the home (Fiji) community and the conventional mass media?
  4. What are the possibilities of other meaningful usage that ICTs offer to the migrant communities in their quest to sustain and redefine their link with the home (Fiji) community?