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Identity and (Dis)agreement in Congo-Brazzaville Political Discourse on Facebook

Identity and (Dis)agreement in Congo-Brazzaville Political Discourse on Facebook
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Author(s): Jean Mathieu Tsoumou (Universidad Europea Madrid, Spain)
Copyright: 2025
Pages: 15
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Sixth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Founding Editor-in-Chief, Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ), USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7366-5.ch019


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Despite the growing research on identity, the connection between (dis)agreement and identity in political debates has received scant attention, even though these phenomena (i.e., identity and [dis]agreement) are common discursive practices in polarizing interactions. This chapter qualitatively examines the relationship between (dis)agreement and identity in a politically-oriented Facebook interaction in Congo-Brazzaville, a sociolinguistic environment where more than 60 languages are regularly spoken. What the findings show is that there is a strong connection between identity and the ways the interactants (dis)agree, since, as the analysis shows, the interactants do not just (dis)agree, but their expression of opinions, points of views, as well as sociopolitical engagement reflect what makes them similar to or different from others. The management of one's positions within the conversation rests on the ability to manage the positive social value one effectively (dis)claims for himself by the line others assume he/she has taken in the interaction.

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