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Surveillance & Modesty on Social Media: How Qataris Navigate Modernity and Maintain Tradition
Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '16) (2016)
  • Sarah E. Vieweg, Qatar Computing Research Institute
  • Adam Hodges
Abstract
Recent research on social media use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has focused on their role in the Arab Spring uprisings, but less work has examined the more mundane uses of these technologies. Yet exploring the way populations in the MENA region use social media in everyday life provides insight into how they are adapted to cultural contexts beyond those from which they originated. To better understand this process, we interviewed eleven Qatari nationals currently living in Doha, Qatar. Our analysis identifies ways users, particularly females, practice modesty, manage their own (and by extension) their family’s reputation, and use social media to monitor and protect others. These findings are placed within a framework of social, or participatory surveillance, which challenges conventional notions of surveillance as a form of control and instead shows how surveillance has the potential to be empowering.
Keywords
  • Arab Studies,
  • Middle East,
  • Modernization,
  • Modesty,
  • Qatar,
  • Social media,
  • Surveillance,
  • Tradition
Publication Date
February 27, 2016
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2818048.2819966
Citation Information
Sarah E. Vieweg and Adam Hodges. "Surveillance & Modesty on Social Media: How Qataris Navigate Modernity and Maintain Tradition" Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '16) (2016) p. 527 - 538 ISSN: 978-1-4503-3592-8/16/02
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adamhodges/62/