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Online Deliberation Lived Experiences of Kānaka Maoli Women.

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Title:Online Deliberation Lived Experiences of Kānaka Maoli Women.
Authors:Desiato, Caterina
Contributors:Communication & Information Science (department)
Keywords:Online deliberation
social media
Date Issued:Aug 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Online deliberation has increasingly attracted scholarly attention and stirred the hope
for more diverse and actively inclusive public conversations to inform different polities.
However, little research has been conducted to understand the realities, opportunities, and
risks of people who are voicing their political views online while holding challenging
positions in the matrix of power. This study begins to address this gap focusing on the
experiences of Kānaka Maoli women who voice their cultural and political sovereignty
positions online. The project aims to contribute to the understanding of how common
online deliberation platforms (social media, particularly Facebook) support or hinder the
expression and the maintenance of diverse perspectives online using a triangulation of
interviews, focus group, and discourse analysis.
Main findings include socio-technical affordances that disrupt participants' lifeworlds
(such as self-branding, reactivity-visibility loop, cultural appropriation, infiltration,
surveillance, and online harassment), others that support them (such as remediation,
phatic communication, summoning, and steps towards epistemological and spatial
redistribution), and most interestingly, complex affordances that require extra agency on
the part of participants to appropriate the media for their purposes (such as responsible
self-modeling, reframing mainstream discourses, and connected presence of body, mind,
and spirit). Such complex affordances present a shared, creative effort that, with the
support of both participants’ and scholarly communities, can foster a Hawaiʻi-based, safe
and empowering use of communication media.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: Ph.D. - Communication and Information Sciences

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