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Title: Facilitating the Communication between Young Mothers Living Abroad with their family through Computer-Mediated Communication
Author: Jomhari, Nazean
ISNI:       0000 0004 2689 1577
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2010
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In modern society, more and more people have experienced the challenge of communicating and maintaining long distance relationships due to business, marriage, military deployment, working or studying. The development of Information and Communications Technologies in the past decades has contributed to facilitate the communication with colleagues, clients, family and friends. This research focuses on maintaining long distance family relationship through narrative in social space. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in sharing baby stories in social spaces especially among the mothers. A host of new sites, including Totspot, Odadeo, Lil'Grams and Kidmondo, now offer parents a chance to, instead of sending multiple emails messages with their baby stories, invite friends and family to join and contribute to a network geared to connecting them to their babies. In addition there are also websites specifically for documenting baby lives; among them BabyJellyBeans, OurBabyHomepage or TotSites. In spite of their lack of specificity, other generic media-sharing web sites such as Fotopages, Blogger, YouTube or Flickr are also likely to be used to create baby narratives with text, photos or videos. It is apparent that people can and like to create narratives as a form of expression. Yet we still need to consolidate a clear understanding of the role played by different media and tools on the creation of those narratives, as well as about the nature of storytelling around family life. In this study researcher study three types of media for creating narrative: text-based (Blogger), photo-based (Flickr) and video-based (YouTube). Researcher used a case study of sixteen Malaysian young mothers from the Malaysian community in Manchester in creating their baby or child narrative in social space to share with their family. At the same time family member in Malaysia were asked to view or read the story and give comments about their feeling and opinion about the narrative. At the end of the study, research comes out with the requirements for facilitating the family long distance relationship through narrative. 10
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Qualification Name: Faculty of Humanities Qualification Level: Doctoral
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