This study investigates one of the central claims of recent social theory, namely that ‘traditional’ collective identities, based on social class hierarchy and sustained by local and national institutions, are being substituted by more dynamic and transnational group identities, which are strongly supported by electronic media. The following related research questions are addressed:
1. How are language norms created on the Berber Diaspora websites?
2. Do Diaspora websites function as institutionalised contexts?