'There’s a bit of banter': How male teenagers 'do boy' on social networking sites
chapterposted on 2018-10-17, 15:08 authored by John J. Whittle, Dave Elder-Vass, Karen Lumsden
This chapter discusses teenage boys’ use of banter on social networking sites such as Facebook by presenting data collected via semi-structured interviews and focus groups with boys and girls aged 11-16 from three schools in England. For male teenagers utilising social networking sites, banter is a common form of social interaction within peer groups and is a means of othering, and of performing and constructing hegemonic masculinity. Banter is characterised by the use of confrontational exchanges used to explore social boundaries and values amongst friends, and is strongly involved in male bonding rituals. It is employed as a means of negotiating status and of in-group inclusion and out-group rejection. We present findings which focus on: male teenagers learning to banter; the relationship between banter and bullying; and how banter overflows into other distinct but related practices.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
Published inOnline Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web
CitationWHITTLE, J.J., ELDER-VASS, D. and LUMSDEN, K., 2019. 'There’s a bit of banter': How male teenagers 'do boy' on social networking sites. IN: Lumsden, K. and Harmer, E. (eds). Online Othering: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web. New York: Palgrave, pp.165-186.
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Publisher statementThis chapter was accepted for publication in the book Lumsden, K. and Harmer, E. (eds). Online Othering: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_7