Title

Women, kin-keeping and the inscription of gender in mediated communication environments.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

McFarland & Company, Inc

Editor(s)

M. Ames & S.H. Burcon

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences / Population Health Research Group

RAS ID

12230

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Dare, J. S. (2011). Women, kin-keeping and the inscription of gender in mediated communication environments. In M. Ames & S.H. Burcon (Eds.). Women and language: Essays on gendered communication across media (pp. 185-198). Location: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Abstract

The notion of the Internet as a transformative communications platform, through which concepts such as embodiment, gender, and identity can be transcended, deconstructed, or subverted, represents an enduring theme in communications literature over the last two decades.1 Underpinning early analyses was the premise that new opportunities presented by the Internet were driving innovative communication and behavioral practices. For example, the ability to interact anonymously opened the door for identity play and gender swapping, the implications of which, as Nancy Baym suggests, were "theoretically intoxicating"

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