This study highlights the unique roles the Internet plays at the intersection of adolescence and immigration as a facilitator of young immigrants' search for collective and individual identities. Based on in-depth interviews with 70 teenaged immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) to Israel, the study showed that the Internet provides valuable resources for personal growth and empowerment during a critical period of material and social disadvantage as young immigrants are engaged in settling down and adjusting to a new society. We conclude that in a world of global migration, the notion of identity has come to be understood as complex, non-uniform, fluid and multidimensional. As identity is constantly evolving and in the process of construction, never becoming permanent or fully resolved, the Internet becomes a central arena for identity confirmation, transformation and reinvention by youth worldwide.
|Title of host publication||New Media and Innovative Technologies|
|Editors||Tal Samuel-Azran, Dan Caspi|
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - 18 Dec 2008|