'There's a Bit of Banter': How Male Teenagers 'Do Boy' on Social Networking Sites

John Whittle, Dave Elder-Vass* (Corresponding Author), Karen Lumsden

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This chapter discusses teenage boys’ use of ‘banter’ on social networking sites such as Facebook by presenting data collected via semi-structured interviews and focus groups with boys and girls aged 11-16 from schools in England. Banter is a common form of social interaction within peer groups and is a means of othering and of performing and constructing hegemonic masculinity. Banter is characterised by the use of confrontational exchanges used to explore social boundaries and values amongst friends and is strongly involved in male bonding rituals. It is employed as a means of negotiating status and of in-group inclusion and out-group rejection. We present findings which focus on: male teenagers learning to banter; the relationship between banter and bullying; and how banter overflows into other distinct but related practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Othering
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web
EditorsK Lumsden, E Harmer
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-12633-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12632-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium on Online Othering - Leicestershire
Duration: 21 Apr 201721 Apr 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity


ConferenceSymposium on Online Othering


  • masculinity
  • banter
  • men
  • gender
  • social media
  • Facebook


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