the experience of having your life story made publicoplevelsen af at få offentliggjort sin livshistorie
The life stories of migrants are increasingly being told, as part of the work of cultural organizations, and websites are well suited to making such life story projects accessible to the public. However, by using the lives of real people as raw material in a public forum, Web projects raise important questions about the terms on which participants are given a voice. This article focuses on a Danish website which depicts the life stories of migrant men through written texts, audio clips, and photographs. It presents a detailed analysis of the life story of one young man from a Muslim background who has openly declared himself an atheist. The article examines his experience of having this somewhat sensitive story made public. The religious aspect inevitably positioned his story in relation to broader political debates about Muslims in Denmark. Since migrants’ stories often touch on highly politicized issues, it is crucial that their stories are not co-opted by societal discourses which they do not themselves support.
Social Semiotics, 2013, Vol 23, Issue 3, p. 368-384
life stories; ownership; multimodality; website analysis; migration