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Live from "Africa" : representations and reflections in volunteer weblogs

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Live from "Africa" : representations and reflections in volunteer weblogs

Curow, Ashley Dallas (2008) Live from "Africa" : representations and reflections in volunteer weblogs. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis investigates the role of Canadian weblogs or blogs (personal, chronological records of thoughts published on a web page) and the blogosphere (the online community of blogs) in discourse concerning Western representations of "Africa." It examines potential relationships between concepts of international integration that animate much of the discussion of the World Wide Web, and the concept of foreign aid at the level of the individual volunteer. This thesis also seeks to contextualize the writing within wider narratives of travel and tourism, and questions whether or not foreign aid discourse within the blogosphere can be used as a site for investigating the intersection between issues of social justice and new media technologies for expanding notions of volunteerism, international inter-responsibility and global citizenship.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Curow, Ashley Dallas
Pagination:iv, 123 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Shade, Leslie
ID Code:976105
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:19
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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