Sites of Solidarity: How a Transcultural Community of Young Adults in Ireland Use Media Production to Cultivate Solidarity and Deal with the Impact of ‘Big’ Events

in Urban Assemblage

Changes in information communication technology met with digital literacies offer new modes and models of creative expression, connecting through participatory culture, co-creation and produsage. This chapter draws from my collaborative, practice-led ethnographic doctoral research ‘Exploring the Media Literacy Practices of a Transcultural Youth- Led Community in Cork City, Ireland’. In the study, provisional findings suggest that research participants use their media literacy practices to cultivate solidarity to deal with the impact of ‘big’ events, that of family separation and issues specifically facing migrant youth. My multi-modal research takes place in an urban media hub in Cork City centre, Ireland’s second largest city, and examines the lived identities and media practices of youth (16-25), some of whom are at various stages of the migration process. This generation of young people are frequently referred to as the ‘new Ireland’, with one in seven now coming from a migrant background. Despite this, there is a paucity of research on the settlement experiences of migrant youth. This chapter aims to explore how migrant youth connect with each other through the co-creation of media content, providing pathways for solidarity and social inclusion. This shows how media literacy practices function as a means of creative expression and connection, representing an autonomous generational response to the material challenges facing youth themselves.