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Empowering or Disempowering? Online Support Among Seafarer-Partners

Tang, Lijun 2010. Empowering or Disempowering? Online Support Among Seafarer-Partners. Sociological Research Online 15 (2) , 6. 10.5153/sro.2116

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Abstract

Past research in sociology and social psychology has revealed two aspects of online support. This mutual support among members of online support groups brings about empowerment as well as produces common values. The interaction between the two, however, has not been explicitly explored. This paper fills in this gap by examining the activities of a group of seafarer-partners in an online support group. It shows that common beliefs and values in groups can make online support, which is supposed to be empowering, serve disempowering purposes. This suggests that online support can produce a tension between empowerment and disempowerment. The finding leads to the conclusion that group values condition the empowerment potential of online support.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyberspace; Empowerment; Gender; Relationships; Seafaring; Support Groups; Values
Publisher: Sociological Research Online
ISSN: 1360-7804
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 02:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25193

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