Social Media Centrality in Identity (Re)construction in Higher Education

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Social media, including digital social networks, runs through a large part of society. This position paper analyses the social media centrality in identity (re)construction in higher education, seeking to add to the understanding of the social media's role in the identity, both in the individual dimension - of several higher education actors (academics and students) - and in the identity of higher education institutions. In methodological terms, a selection and review of publications addressing this topic were conducted. Results allow concluding that it is critical to consider the growing relevance of digital social networks in shaping these actors' identity, without disregarding the individual situations of great limitation or even rejection by the presence of digital social networks in identity (re)construction. Regarding the implications, at the theoretical level and according to the existing corpus of knowledge, there is a need for further studies to deepen the understanding of this topic. As a practical implication, while the presence of digital social media in human relationships is unavoidable in many instances, the intentional and relevant mobilization of these digital social media is crucial, both for higher effectiveness and efficacy of the academic-student interaction and for the dissemination and positive image of higher education institutions and academics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Educational and Social Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Digital culture
  • Digital social network
  • Higher education
  • Identity (re)construction
  • Social media


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