Facebook Usage of Youth in the Tribal Hamlet Kolathara

Social Media has vast power and potential in the tribal communities of Kerala. On one hand it offers connections with the world outside the hamlets and on the other hand it serves as a dais to express the realities, art and political grounds of tribal lives. The present study is intended to assess the social media usage of tribal youth in the hamlet named Kolathara of Wayanad district. Qualitative methods are used for the study. Social media analysis and in-depth interview with seven tribal youth of the village are being done. The type of content shared in Facebook, the purposes of using social media and the benefits according to the perspective of tribal youth are evaluated. The study explains to concept of platformed racism and settler gaze. The study brings into light the differences in usage patterns, purposes and outcomes of social media in tribal hamlets of Kerala.

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