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The Sister, The Puppet, and The First Female PM: How Gender Stereotypes in Thai Politics are Generated in the Press
* Lanchukorn Sriwimon & Pattamawan Jimarkon Zilli

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As the number of female political leaders and heads of states, worldwide increases, Asian female politicians and national leaders have been stereotyped as being ‘political dynastic leaders’. This paper aims to contribute to the growing body of literature and the existing knowledge on the area of gender, politics, and media by taking former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand as an example, to examine and discuss how a newspaper generates and gender stereotypes through its linguistic choices. Transitivity analysis based on Halliday and Matthiessen (2004) and referential choices analysis based on van Leeuwen’s ‘Representation of Social Actor Network framework’ (van Leeuwen, 1996, 2008) are employed as the analytical frameworks. The sample data comprises 190 news articles taken from a Thai English language news agency from May to August 2011. Results reveal a pattern of linguistic choices that reinforce gender stereotypes of female politicians in the media in Thailand.

Keywords: Asian female political leader, Thai female politicians, dynastic leader, gender politics and media, gender stereotypes

Pages: 1-24 | First Published: 1 March 2017

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Forum Theatre as a Behavior Change Strategy: Qualitative Findings from Moral Education Class
* Nadarajan Thambu & Muhammad Hasbi Abdul Rahman

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This paper examines the use of a Forum Theatre technique in Moral Education class in secondary schools. Forum Theatre was used as a teaching technique for Moral Education in this study. Forum Theater techniques require students to be actively involved in the process of writing the script, and the dialogue, and be involved in the forum, acting and expressing ideas. This experiential teaching techniques provide opportunities for students to be aware, see things critically, find solutions to moral conflicts and develop as prospective citizens who are proactive and have a positive moral attitude. Students were involved in four steps of Forum Theatre.These four steps were, (a) develop a script, (b) anti-model play, (c) forum, and (d) intervention play. This study was conducted using qualitative approach. Data was collected through observation, focus group interviews and journal entries. Data collected using multiple methods were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings show that Forum Theatre is able to develop positive moral behaviour among students. Among the moral behavior identified are performing tasks responsibly, working together, being tolerant of each other, being skilled in resolving conflicts rationally, being courageous, being independent, and helping each other. In realizing the goals of our nation’s moral education programs, this study has implications for teaching techniques, student learning and moral pedagogy beyond the field of theatre.

Keywords: pedagogy, technique, moral education, forum theatre, qualitative

Pages: 25-46 | First Published: 1 March 2017

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Online Health Information Seeking among Malaysian Women: Technology Acceptance Model Perspective
* Ashraf Sadat Ahadzadeh & Saeed Pahlevan Sharif

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Although there are studies on Internet usage for searching health information based on Technology Acceptance Model, research about women looking for health information is still scant in spite of the fact that women are dominant Internet users in terms of health information. The objective of the study is to examine the influence of perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, and attitudes toward Internet usage on online searching for health information. The mediation role of attitude is also tested in the relationship between perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use as independent variables and Internet usage for health information, using structural equation modeling. Data for this study was collected from women working at a public university in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 293 usable responses were analyzed. Results showed that perceived usefulness and attitude have a significant effect on Internet usage for health information seeking. Findings also suggest that attitude was significantly predicted by perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use. Moreover, this study found that attitude partially mediates the influence of perceived usefulness on online health information seeking. Furthermore, perceived ease of use indirectly influences online health information seeking through attitude.

Keywords: Health information seeking, internet, Technology Acceptance Model

Pages: 47-70 | First Published: 1 March 2017

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Framing the Cow-Head Protest: A Comparative Analysis of The Star and Malaysiakini
* Yang Lai Fong & Leong Wai Kit

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The last few years have seen a number of religious and ethnic tensions in Malaysia, which continue to impact the lives of Malaysians from all walks of life. Furthermore, religion, ethnicity and related issues have always been a difficult area for reporting in multicultural societies. Framing analysis allows researchers to examine the roles of the media in the development of social and political issues. Framing also reflects a conflict between dominant social norms and efforts for change. This study examined what aspects the mainstream and alternative newspapers have created for readers’ understanding of the Cow-Head protest, an inter-religious conflict that took place in Shah Alam, Selangor on August 28, 2009. The findings indicated that the newspapers reported the dispute with different intensity and prominence. It was found that although conflict appeared to be the most salient frame found across the dailies, the aspects highlighted by them varied. The dissimilar coverage of the same issue by the newspapers denoted the varied points of view held by them, which were rooted in different political beliefs and institutional practices.

Keywords: framing, inter-religious conflict, interethnic conflict, interethnic relations, “cow-head” protest

Pages: 71-96 | First Published: 1 March 2017

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Information sharing on Facebook by Alone, Single and Lonely Female Users
Yeslam Al-Saggaf

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The aim of this study was to determine whether Loneliness, Relationship Status and Profile Image are related to self-disclosure of Sensitive and Non-Sensitive Information on Facebook. To this end, 269 personal profiles of women who reported being Lonely and 269 profiles of women who reported not being Lonely were analyzed. Sensitive Information was analyzed using Poisson regressions. Non-Sensitive information was analyzed using negative binomial regressions. The results confirmed that more Lonely users revealed Sensitive and Non-Sensitive Information on Facebook than Not-Lonely users. The results also confirmed the existence of a relationship between Loneliness and Relationship Status in that more users who indicated in their Relationship Status that they were Single were Lonely than Not-Lonely. Similarly, the results also confirmed the existence of a relationship between Loneliness and Profile Image in that more users who appeared Alone in their Profile Image were Lonely than Not- Lonely. These associations encouraged the exploration of the associations between Relationship Status and Profile Image and Sensitive/Non-Sensitive Information. With regards to Relationship Status, more users who did not indicate their Relationship Status revealed more Sensitive and Non-Sensitive Information compared to those who were Single or those who were in a relationship. Regarding the Profile Image, more users who appeared Alone in their Profile Image revealed Sensitive Information compared to users who presented themselves with others in their Profile Image. For Non-Sensitive Information, no differences were found between users who appeared in their Profile Image Alone compared to those who appeared with a partner or friends, or to those who did not have a Profile Image. Overall, these findings suggest that disclosing Sensitive Information could put users at risk of becoming victims of cybercrimes such as identity theft, harassment, cyber-stalking, and cyber scams.

Keywords: Loneliness; self-disclosure; Relationship Status; Profile Image; Facebook

Pages: 97-116 | First Published: 1 March 2017

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