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Al-Tahmazi, Thulfiqar H. 2015. The pursuit of power in Iraqi political discourse: unpacking the construction of sociopolitical communities on Facebook. Journal of multicultural discourses 10 (2) : 163–179.
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It is demonstrated that recontextualizing political actions and actors to de/legitimize specific interpretations of political reality based on distinction and lockout polarizes Facebook discussions. The distinction between in- and out-groups are underscored and commentators are motivated to rank themselves in discursively constructed antagonistic sociopolitical communities, ranging from entirely depictured communities, to the online recreation of true ethno-sectarian groups.