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Andreas Candefors Stæhr

Andreas Candefors Stæhr

Associate Professor

  • Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics

    Njalsgade 136, 2300 København S, Building: 27.5.12

    Phone: +45 35 33 57 47

Research interests:

  • Language and social media
  • peer-cultural activities and language use across online and offline contexts
  • linguistic diversity
  • linguistic and social normativit

Project description:

Social media and everyday languaging

This project concerns the role of social media in young peoples’ everyday lives and it addresses how social media can be approached from a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective. My research is driven by an interest in how the complexity and mobility of linguistic and social resources across online and offline contexts make sense to the group of adolescents I study.

As a part of a collaborative project (the Amager Project)I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork among a group of adolescents at a Copenhagen grade school and during their leisure time activities over a period of three years. At the same time I carried out online ethnography by following the adolescents’ activities on Facebook. A recurrent theme in my research is how to approach the study of social media in contemporary society. Methodologically and analytically I argue that it is fruitful to approach social media as connected to other aspects of peoples’ everyday lives. This approach entails a combination of online and offline methods for data collection. The focal areas of this project are:  

  • social media and sociolinguistic normativity
  • social media, semiotic resources and popular culture



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