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Struggling in Im/mobility: Discursive Practices of Macao’s Mainland Chinese Migrant Labourers’ Moments on WeChat during Covid-19
Ju, B.1; Dai, H. M.2; Sandel, T. L.3
2022-06
Source PublicationCommunication, Culture & Critique
ISSN1753-9129
Contribution Rank3
Abstract

The coronavirus epidemic (Covid-19) has led to drastic changes in social life. Focusing on a group of essential workers, this study examines how mainland Chinese labour migrants discursively manifest their everyday lives via WeChat Moments. From analysing social media posts and interview data, this study demonstrates how these labour migrants’ stay in Macao was a period of unsought and undesired time of waiting, impacted by socio-structural constraints of class, age, gender, and outsider (China mainland) identity. Participants experienced positive (newfound opportunities) and negative emotions (anxiety and entrapment). WeChat Moments was an important coping tool for migrant workers as they built a sense of community virtually and face-to-face. Finally this study contributes to understandings of border-crossing as interpreted and experience via social media discourse.

KeywordSocial Media Discourse Emotions Social-cultural Approach Essential Workers Covid-19
DOI10.1093/ccc/tcac022
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Language英語English
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PUB ID57667
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorDai, H. M.
Affiliation1.Macau University of Science and Technology
2.Shanghai Jiao Tong University
3.University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ju, B.,Dai, H. M.,Sandel, T. L.. Struggling in Im/mobility: Discursive Practices of Macao’s Mainland Chinese Migrant Labourers’ Moments on WeChat during Covid-19[J]. Communication, Culture & Critique,2022.
APA Ju, B.,Dai, H. M.,&Sandel, T. L..(2022).Struggling in Im/mobility: Discursive Practices of Macao’s Mainland Chinese Migrant Labourers’ Moments on WeChat during Covid-19.Communication, Culture & Critique.
MLA Ju, B.,et al."Struggling in Im/mobility: Discursive Practices of Macao’s Mainland Chinese Migrant Labourers’ Moments on WeChat during Covid-19".Communication, Culture & Critique (2022).
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