The diffusion of fixed-term contracts, also among knowledge workers, has been sided by the weakening of trade-unions and by the parallel emergence of new forms of self-representation. In this article we present a case study, the Rete dei Redattori Precari, that lets us inquire how social media participate to practices of self-representation. Combining traditional and digital research methods and techniques, three levels of Re.Re.Pre.’s identity construction have emerged: the public self-representation; the co-construction of meanings and the forms of individual participation. The article discusses, in particular, the methodological implications for the study of mobilization of traditionally unrepresented subjects.
Keywords: Self-representation, network, precariousness, social media, digital methods, cyberethnography