Photo sharing in the Arab gulf: Expressing the collective and autonomous selves

Norah Abokhodair, Adam Hodges, Sarah Vieweg

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Abstract

Current research demonstrates that when people engage in social photo sharing, they are mindful of how audiences perceive and interact with their photos. We extend this vein of inquiry to focus on photo sharing in the context of the Arab Gulf. We provide insight into how this activity is practiced in a region governed by strict adherence to cultural norms and Islamic traditions that dictate how to "appropriately" share content in digital settings. In particular, we look at the relationship between photo sharing and its effects on identity and self-presentation. To understand how Saudi and Qatari participants represent themselves through photo sharing applications, we conducted 42 face-to-face interviews. Our results reveal that Arab Gulf users engage in photo sharing practices that construct a collective self, distinct from an autonomous self. This collective self often trumps the autonomous self in shaping photo sharing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages696-711
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2017
Event2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: 25 Feb 20171 Mar 2017

Other

Other2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period25/2/171/3/17

Keywords

  • Cultural values
  • Culturally-sensitive design
  • Identity
  • Islam
  • Photo sharing
  • Privacy
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Self-presentation
  • Social computing
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Cite this

Abokhodair, N., Hodges, A., & Vieweg, S. (2017). Photo sharing in the Arab gulf: Expressing the collective and autonomous selves. In CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 696-711). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2998181.2998338

Photo sharing in the Arab gulf : Expressing the collective and autonomous selves. / Abokhodair, Norah; Hodges, Adam; Vieweg, Sarah.

CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. p. 696-711.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abokhodair, N, Hodges, A & Vieweg, S 2017, Photo sharing in the Arab gulf: Expressing the collective and autonomous selves. in CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 696-711, 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2017, Portland, United States, 25/2/17. https://doi.org/10.1145/2998181.2998338
Abokhodair N, Hodges A, Vieweg S. Photo sharing in the Arab gulf: Expressing the collective and autonomous selves. In CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery. 2017. p. 696-711 https://doi.org/10.1145/2998181.2998338
Abokhodair, Norah ; Hodges, Adam ; Vieweg, Sarah. / Photo sharing in the Arab gulf : Expressing the collective and autonomous selves. CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. pp. 696-711
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