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The face of Al-Maghreb: how Moroccans are using social networking

Euler, Kathleen (2013) The face of Al-Maghreb: how Moroccans are using social networking. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In recent years, social networking has become a tool of communication that transcends geography. This thesis explores the ways Moroccan college-age youth are using new media. I examine existing ways of conceiving and constructing identity and privacy to see how Moroccans reconcile these influences online. This provokes further questions, such as how do Moroccans conceive of privacy online? Does gender impact the construction of an online persona? Does religiosity impact online interaction? Using both academic and field research, I argue that Moroccans reconcile existing local expectations to their daily personae in the online space. I investigate these questions using field research and a survey of 62 college-age Rabatis. Gendered expectations, communal expectations, and religiosity permeate the networks and shape the rules that Moroccan youth are inventing for this online space. Finally, I turn to the February 20th and examine how the use of social networks during the Arab Spring reflects these broader trends.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Euler, Kathleenkce5@pitt.eduKCE5
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberBrym,
Committee MemberKutz-Flamenbaum, Rachelrflamenb@pitt.eduRFLAMENB
Committee MemberBamyeh, Mohammedmab205@pitt.eduMAB205
Thesis AdvisorHughes, Melaniehughesm@pitt.eduHUGHESM
Date: 24 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 March 2013
Approval Date: 24 May 2013
Submission Date: 18 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 84
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Morocco, social networking
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 14:13
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:11


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