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Title: Scripted Gender Practices: Young Adults Social Media App Uses in Portugal
Authors: Simões, Rita Basílio 
Amaral, Inês 
Flores, Ana Marta M.
Antunes, Eduardo 
Keywords: mobile app; young adults’ digital practices; gender scripts; gendered affordances; critical thematic analysis
Issue Date: Jul-2023
Publisher: Sage
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/3599-PPCDT/PTDC/COM-CSS/5947/2020/PT/Mediated young adults’ practices: advancing gender justice in and across mobile apps 
Serial title, monograph or event: Social Media + Society
Abstract: This research focuses on social media mobile applications as mediated interfaces of identity performances and interrogates to what extent everyday young adults’ uses are remaking gender scripts. We analyze young adults’ self-reported experiences on preferred social media apps and discourses of rejection of others, the technologies themselves, and how they favor certain behaviors. Theoretically, we resorted to feminist media studies and critical app research, focusing on users’ perceptions of their engagement with mobile technology. Empirically, we turned to semi-structured interviews with female and male young adults aged between 18 and 30 years. Results show limited agency to reshape normative gender scripts embedded in apps’ technological affordances and broad hegemonic discourses. We discuss these results and how they mirror normative gender expectations, recalling the impacts of contingent social formations in reproducing inequality.
DOI: 10.1177/20563051231196561
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais
FLUC Secção de Comunicação - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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