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The University of Southampton
The Alan Turing Institute

Online Footprints of Family Change: a Study Based on Twitter Event

15:00 - 16:00
21 March 2019
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 58 (Murray), Room 7033 (7C).

For more information regarding this event, please email Kim Lipscombe at .

Event details

You are invited to attend a seminar delivered by Nicolò Cavalli from the University of Oxford.


In this study, we build a large dataset ( > 5M observations) using a popular micro blogging platform, Twitter. By analysing self-reported biographical information of Twitter users located in the United States, we construct simple State-level indicators for the prevalence of “traditional" versus “modern" family roles. We show that our measures correlate spatially to real-world behavioural indices linked to the ideas of Second Demographic Transition and Gender Revolution. We also analyse specific cultural correlates to self-reported identities, aiming at capturing the heterogeneity of ideas about family that contributes to shaping socio-demographic change. Our approach provides an innovative way to map the cultural footprints that underlie family change, updating to the "Internet era" the Goffmanian research project concerned with the presentation of self in everyday life.

Refreshments will be available in B58/2041 after the seminar.

You can find out more about CPC seminars here.

Speaker information

Nicolò Cavalli , University of Oxford, is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology.

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