|Title||The Material Dynamics of a London-French Blog: A Multimodal Reading of Migrant Habitus|
Through a fine-grained reading of a London-French blog, this article aims to shed light on the lived experience of the French community in London. The ethnosemiotic conceptual framework brings together ethnographic and semiotic schools of thought, focusing in particular on Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus and Gunther Kress’s multimodal social semiotic analytical model.
Habitus is broken down into its material manifestations of habitat, habit and habituation, all displayed in the blog and revealing of the blogger’s identity and positioning within the migration setting. As all modes are considered to be of equal semiotic potential, equivalent emphasis is placed on the multiple modes of meaning-making present in the blog, such as layout, colour, typography and language. By examining the dynamic relationships between blogger and audience, subjectivity and objectivity, on-line and on-land habitus, and intermodal dynamics themselves, through the prism of multimodality, hidden facets of the blogger’s cultural identity and sense of community belonging within the diasporic context begin to materialise.
|Keywords||multimodality; ethnosemiotics; London-French; habitus; blog|
|Journal||Modern Languages Open|
|Publisher||Liverpool University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.3828/mlo.v0i0.91|
|Published||26 Sep 2016|