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dc.contributor.advisorVolz, Yongeng
dc.contributor.authorMaragh, Raveneng
dc.date.issued2013eng
dc.date.submitted2013 Falleng
dc.description"December 2013."eng
dc.description"A Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri--Columbia In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts."eng
dc.descriptionThesis supervisor: Dr. Yong Volz.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "Acting White" exists within minority communities across North America and the globe as a scarlet letter of shame to those perceived as performing an identity above or separate from their expected racial behavior. The following research study has explored the theory and phenomenon of "acting White" within the popular social medium of Twitter where African Americans, in particular, have been found to possess a high and influential presence. In order to understand the theory of "acting White" on Twitter, in-depth interviews were conducted in conjunction with an online ethnography of 14 respondents' tweets guided by the social identity and performance theories. Language and social behavior were found to be two prominent perceived "acting White" characteristics in which respondents identified. The consequence of online isolation within these two characteristics also demonstrated telling racial expectations. Here, the "acting White" theory is further extended to include new-media where performance of identity is paramount.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 88-92).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (viii, 106 pages) : illustrations (some color)eng
dc.identifier.oclc900093288eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/44707
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/44707eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.source.originalSubmitted by the University of Missouri--Columbia Graduate Schooleng
dc.title"Acting white" on social media : a study of African Americans' racial identity performance on Twittereng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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