Cross-gender communication in a Saudi Arabian internet discussion forum: opportunities, attitudes, and reactions

Madini, Abeer Ahmed and de Nooy, Juliana (2016) Cross-gender communication in a Saudi Arabian internet discussion forum: opportunities, attitudes, and reactions. Convergence, 22 1: 54-70. doi:10.1177/1354856514534574


Author Madini, Abeer Ahmed
de Nooy, Juliana
Title Cross-gender communication in a Saudi Arabian internet discussion forum: opportunities, attitudes, and reactions
Journal name Convergence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-8565
1748-7382
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1354856514534574
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 70
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract The possibility of relatively anonymous communication involving no physical proximity means that Internet discussion forums offer opportunities for cross-gender communication that do not necessarily violate Saudi Arabian rules for behavior. This article studies participation in a public discussion forum for expatriate Saudi students. Building on a previous article that established the extent to which participants disclose their gender in the forum, it investigates the extent to which participants take advantage of the opportunity for mixed communication online, their attitudes towards it, and their reactions when it occurs. It analyzes in detail the cross-gender exchanges that occur in the corpus, together with remarks made by participants about this issue, in order to determine the circumstances under which mixed communication is seen as appropriate in this forum.
Keyword Anonymity
Cross-gender communication
Discussion forum
Gender segregation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 22 May 2014.

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