Ett öppet fönster mot en sluten värld: Om internetforums funktion för kvinnor i våldsrelationer
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Women in relationships characterized by domestic violence are often isolated from their friends and family. In this text the communication aspect of the internet forum will examined to see if the forum could be a complement for other types of communication for women in such relationships. A qualitative analysis has been made on two forums were women discuss domestic violence; Tuvaforum.se and Familjeliv.se. Furthermore, the study is based on interviews with two women who have experienced such relationships. Eva Lundgrens (2004) theory regarding the internalization of domestic violence is a theoretical framework which helps to explain their isolation. The communication aspect of the network society will be investigated in order to get a picture of the women´s usage of the internet forums. The result of this study is that women in abusive relationships are able to use the forum to understand their own situation. It also helps them to get in touch with others in the same situation. According to Sherry Turkle (1995) the anonymous identity online can be disconnected from the “self”. On Tuvaforum.se and Familjeliv.se the women are able to disconnect themselves from their violent situation in real life and stories that can be difficult to tell can be expressed in the forums. The forums also offer a place where the women can connect with others and break their isolation. The women also try to help each other in the forums by linking to other web pages with information about how to get help. Thus, internet forums can be an alternative arena for communication that can help women suffering from domestic violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 48 p.
Social Behaviour Law
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Identitet, deltagande, anonymitet, internetforum, ROKS, familjeliv.se, tuvaforum.se, gemenskap online, kvinnomisshandel
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-46735Local ID: 45b7e825-0752-4f10-ba59-21f1ac688e5eOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-46735DiVA: diva2:1020050
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Media and Communication Science, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20130621 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved