Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Global and Regional Studies
Type of Thesis
College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College
Dr. Pablo Bose
Dr. Charles-Louis Morand Métivier
Dr. Jonah Steinberg
Nationalism, Identity, France, Social Media, Twitter, Post-Colonialism
In the context of globalization, the question of national identity has increasingly become important when seeking to understand modern international politics. France in particular has experienced tensions of identity politics that are an outcome of its colonial, revolutionary, and republic history. The August 2016 “Burkini Controversy” that occurred in the southern regions of France is one example of this political tension, engaging diverse perspectives and cultures that challenge the dominant narrative of French identity. The platform in which people engage in identity discourse has also moved towards social media, an unprecedented form of communication and resource for information. This thesis analyzes the use of Twitter and tweets in the wake of the “Burkini Controversy” to gauge, and better understand French identity politics.
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Hickey, Katherine Anne, "The Burkini Buzz: Exploring French National Identity Discourse Through Social Media" (2017). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 150.