Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6305-4079

Year of Publication

2021

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

Communication and Information

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Dr. Kimberly A. Parker

Second Advisor

Dr. Chike Anyaegbunam

Abstract

Women who secretly warn one another via informal communications about men in their environment who may engage in some kind of misconduct are participating in a whisper network. This dissertation employs the narrative paradigm to understand how these networks function in the context of professional actors. Interviews conducted with actors who have worked in a variety of communities were analyzed in order to better understand how whisper networks function as warning systems that must be created because conventional means of protection may not exist or be trusted in their industry.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2021.034

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