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'There’s a bit of banter': How male teenagers 'do boy' on social networking sites

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posted on 17.10.2018, 15:08 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.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web

Pages

165-186

Citation

WHITTLE, 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.

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This 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

Publication date

2019-04-24

ISBN

9783030126322

Language

en

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