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Presentation of self

I am trained in the symbolic interactionist tradition of sociology, a social-psychological perspective that foregrounds language and meaning as key dimensions of everyday life. My research focuses on two substantive areas of interest: youth sub/cultures and digital media. Most of my publications have centered on the construction of subcultural selves/identities among young people who feel in some way separate from mainstream society. My main contributions to sociology have been theorizing (1) the role new media technologies play in facilitating the development and diffusion of subcultures and subcultural identities and (2) theorizing the social construction of subcultural authenticity. A second, but not secondary, interest relates to the increasing salience of fantasy and digital games in everyday life. My work in this area has focused on the interactional and experiential dimensions of participation in games and gaming cultures.