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Title: The role of narrative in virtual communities : the case of Chinese students aspiring to study abroad
Other Titles: Xu shu ti cai zai xu ni she qu zhong ban yan de jue se : guan yu xi wang chu guo liu xue de Zhongguo da xue sheng zai wang luo lun tan zhong chang yong xu shu fang shi de yan jiu
敘述體裁在虛擬社區中扮演的角色 : 關于希望出國留學的中國大學生在網絡論壇中常用敘述方式的研究
Authors: Yu, Ran (于然)
Department: Department of English and Communication
Degree: Master of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Discourse analysis, Narrative.
Computer bulletin boards -- Social aspects -- China.
Chinese students -- Social networks.
Online social networks -- China.
Notes: CityU Call Number: P302.7 .Y8 2010
vi, 143 leaves 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 125-132)
Type: thesis
Abstract: This dissertation takes a detailed look into the roles/identity of a particular subculture of Chinese youth community on the Internet, called Wemers and formation of their collective identity on Bulletin Board System (BBS) forums. With an estimated internet population of 300 million, BBS forums have become extremely popular in China. This paper provides some deep insight into manners/mechanisms of BBS subculture among mainstream University students. The paper aims to discuss how the Wemers establish their identity and maintain their virtual community through narrative analysis of their personal stories on the BBS. There are four primary research questions have been identified according to the implications of online BBS communities in shaping of identity for the Wemers through telling their personal stories of application experience: 1. What are the structures of Wemers’ personal stories, based on the Labov’s theoretical framework of narrative structure? 2. What are the functions of Wemers’ personal stories in the context of previous theories of narrative function? 3. How do Wemers present their particular identity through sharing personal stories on the BBS? 4. How do Wemers create and maintain their community on the BBS through presenting their identity through these stories? Above research questions have been examined using primary qualitative methodology, especially the narrative analysis to find out how the Wemers create and maintain their membership as well as their virtual community on the BBS. A supplementary method of interview will be used to learn the Wemers's behavior and deeper thoughts about the BBS and their virtual community. The dissertation successfully presents important conclusions/highlights for solving various research objectives outlined along with research questions in picture.
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