Accepted paper:

'You don't know me': Exploring the Ideas of Identity of Muslim Youth through Virtual World


Anshu Singh (Delhi University)

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

Scholars have believed that there is a special character to knowledge. It is being dominated by the socially, economically or politically dominant people. Regular people never had the opportunity of being heard in public. Thus the story presented or the knowledge created is only a part of the reality. However subaltern studies are the new trend in social sciences that try to look into the regular people's voices through analysing folk traditions and oral culture. In contemporary times the common people have found other ways to express their views. With new technologies and platforms at disposal they are speaking more frequently than ever. Blogs are one ways by which these voices are subjected to scrutiny of larger population. While researching in Jamia Nagar after, Batla House encounter in 2008, I came across various instances where respondents develop cold feet during interviews. It all leads me to explore the virtual world where I came across the blogs written by people from all walks of life about the encounter and the place. The blogs are a lot of information about the larger debates of harmonious citizenship, Muslim Identity, secular ideas, Governance and urban settings. The paper will try to demonstrate the blogospehere as a space to provide insights into important issues of society that are talked about by the people who deal with them everyday.

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