Date of Award

8-1-2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Reed, Jean-Pierre

Abstract

This sociological study uses online survey data from one hundred and six respondents to explore how social networking websites alter the social self. Critical and symbolic interactionist sociological theory is used as a means to understand the data. This dissertation specifically concerns how social networking websites shape identity, result in a more self-reflexive presentation of self, and serve as a means of both socialization and social control.

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