Taking Offence on Social Media : Conviviality and Communication on Facebook, Hardback Book

Taking Offence on Social Media : Conviviality and Communication on Facebook Hardback


This book explores communication on Facebook, developing the new theoretical concept of context design as a way of understanding the dynamics of online interaction.

Against a backdrop of fake news and other controversies surrounding online political debate, the authors focus on inadvertent acts of offence on Facebook; that is, when users of the site unwittingly offend or are offended by the airing of political or religious views, or of opinions deemed racist or sexist.

Drawing on a survey of Facebook users, they explain why instances of offence occur and what users report doing in response.

They argue that Facebook users contribute to the construction of a particular social space, one that is characterised by online conviviality and a belief that Facebook is not the place for serious debate.

These views in turn shape the kind of political debate that can take place on the site.

This thought-provoking book will appeal to scholars and students of applied linguistics, and anyone interested in the role of social media in contemporary political and social life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 139 pages, 9 Illustrations, black and white; IX, 139 p. 9 illus.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
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  • Category: Language: reference & general
  • ISBN: 9783319567167

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