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“Ride Hard, Live Forever”: Translocal Identities in an Online Community of Extreme Sports Christians

Saija Peuronen

in Digital Discourse

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795437
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795437.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

“Ride Hard, Live Forever”: Translocal Identities in an Online Community of Extreme Sports Christians

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This chapter considers the use of bilingual language resources by members of one particular online community: Finnish Christians sharing an interest in extreme sports. The translocal nature of the community is illustrated by the analysis of its members' heteroglossic language repertoire in messages posted to the community's online discussion forum. In their forum discussions, the community members use linguistic and discursive resources of both Finnish and English, including not only the choice between the two languages but also the use of different registers, discourses, and cultural references as well as playful orthographic practices. The analysis shows how the forum users draw on global discourses of extreme sports and Christian faith, adapt them into their local contexts and, in this way, negotiate and style their identities as members of this community.

Keywords: translocality; heteroglossia; style; identity; web discussion forum; online community; Christianity; extreme sports; youth culture; Finnish

Chapter.  8143 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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