Gendered television use of diaspora youth in Flanders (Northern Belgium): an audience research

Fien Anna Adriaens


This article focuses on the television use of second generation Turkish and Moroccan youth living in Flanders (Northern-Belgium) in the context of their everyday life and family dynamics. By means of four in-depth focus group interviews with twenty-four diaspora youngsters, TV use is discussed in terms of TV access, the social viewing context of the home, TV related communication and struggles over programme choices within diaspora families. This article particularly aims at a better understanding of how TV use articulates and shapes family relations, friendships and identities in the everyday life of diaspora adolescents, while paying special attention to gender differences. Results show remarkable gender differences in terms of private access, the social viewing context and power struggles concerning television viewing. Television use of diaspora adolescents articulates and shapes hybrid identities, friendships and family relations while it is also being defined by them.


Television use; diaspora youth; gender; family dynamics; hybrid identities; qualitative audience research

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