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WPS No.39 | Boy, J.D. & Uitermark, J. (2019) |Lifestyle enclaves in the Instagram city?

Echo chambers and filter bubbles are becoming part of a new master narrative about social media. Commentators and scholars worry that, since social media enable assortative social ties among those who share a common identity, they fortify identity-based divisions and drive polarization.

This paper interrogates these concepts and the wider narrative of social fragmentation of which they are a part by analyzing the interplay between fragmentation and integration in the context of urban dwellers’ Instagram use. 

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