"I stand up for us". Muslims’ feelings of stigmatization in response to terrorism on social media

Autor(en)
Ruta Kaskeleviciute, Helena Knupfer, Jörg Matthes
Abstrakt

Terrorism has the potential to divide societies. It is particularly relevant to investigate how Islamist terrorism on social media is associated with Muslim minorities’ attitudes and behaviors. This study examined how seeing terrorism on social media relates to Muslim minority individuals’ perceived stigmatization. We further investigated how perceived stigmatization translates to social media behaviors, namely, terror-related online self-disclosure and correction of false information about religion. A survey among German Muslims (N = 432) showed that social media use for information about terrorism was positively associated with perceived stigmatization. This relationship was moderated by individuals’ national identity, but not religious identity. Perceived stigmatization, in turn, positively predicted terror-related online self-disclosure and correction of false information about religion. The findings accentuate the role of social media use for minorities to cope and stand up for their in-group in the face of terror.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Journal
New Media & Society
ISSN
1461-4448
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448241236712
Publikationsdatum
02-2024
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Communication, Sociology and Political Science
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 16 – Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/i-stand-up-for-us-muslims-feelings-of-stigmatization-in-response-to-terrorism-on-social-media(b1dd8418-ab12-4196-8774-29cb9ac6db81).html