Attribute substitution and stereotypes about the online Arab public sphere

Predictors of concerns about Internet surveillance in five Arab countries

Justin Martin, S. Shageaa Naqvi, Klaus Schoenbach

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Abstract

This study examined concerns about Internet surveillance among Internet users in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Qatar, and the UAE (N = 4160). Despite common stereotypes about how variables like gender, youth, income, nationality, and liberal or conservative ideology affect political and cultural attitudes in Arab countries, these indicators were not significant predictors of concerns about online surveillance by governments and companies. Arab nationals reported greater concern about companies monitoring their online activity, while expatriates were more worried about government surveillance. The study uses literature on the attribute substitution heuristic to discuss how people might form stereotypes about large groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1104
Number of pages20
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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Keywords

  • Arab countries
  • attribute substitution
  • digital privacy
  • Middle East
  • stereotypes
  • surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Attribute substitution and stereotypes about the online Arab public sphere : Predictors of concerns about Internet surveillance in five Arab countries. / Martin, Justin; Naqvi, S. Shageaa; Schoenbach, Klaus.

In: New Media and Society, Vol. 21, No. 5, 01.05.2019, p. 1085-1104.

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