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2018 - ICA's 68th Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
1. Luong, Kate., Knobloch-Westerwick, Silvia. and Niewiesk, Stefan. "Superstars Are Within Reach: The Role of Perceived Attainability & Role Congruity in Media Role Models on Women’s Social Comparison" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 68th Annual Conference, Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, May 22, 2018 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Based on social comparison theory and role congruity theory, this study examined the effect of perceived attainability and role congruity in portrayals of female role models on women’s social comparison and interest in a counter-stereotypical career. A 2x2 experiment was conducted in which participants read either a high or low attainability message, then portrayals of female role models in the counter-stereotypical career with a family (high congruity to the female gender role) or without a family (low congruity to the female gender role). Results showed that the high attainability message helped buffer against the upward comparison threat, leading to self-inspiration and higher career interest, but only when the portrayals were in a less self-relevant domain. Implications for the use of role models and the issue of female underrepresentation in STEM and other counter-stereotypical domains were discussed.

2012 - International Communication Association Words: 123 words || 
2. Boase, Jeffrey. and Kobayashi, Tetsuro. "Role Call - The Role of Mobiles in Relational Roles" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ, <Not Available>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: In this paper we use smartphone log and pop-up survey data to examine how mobile calling and texting varies by the relational role, specifically: kin, work, school, and friendship roles. The data was collected from a subset of 244 American adults who were Android phone users and who were part of a larger representative panel. The respondents installed the Communication Explorer smartphone application onto their phones and responded to 30 daily pop-up questions regarding the role of the individuals with whom they communicated. The application also recorded anonymized call and text log data for all 244 respondents, which amounted to 463,329 events. Using this combination of mobile log data and pop-up survey data we examine how mobile communication patterns vary by relational role.

2007 - American Sociological Association Pages: 22 pages || Words: 6929 words || 
3. Barrios Rodriguez, Manuelita. "Role and ex-role:The process of exiting the role of a paramilitary" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 Online <PDF>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: On July 15, 2003, the Colombian government, headed by Alvaro Uribe Vélez (2002–2010) signed the “Santa Fe de Ralito” agreement with armed paramilitary groups. Based on this accord, the paramilitaries committed to a gradual demobilization. From the moment of the signing of the accord until August of 2006, 30,915 people have been demobilized collectively and 10,370 individually.
In this investigation, the process of exiting the role of the paramilitary by 10 individuals that were demobilized from different paramilitary groups is analyzed, on the basis of the theory of roles and ex-roles. On the basis of this analysis it was found that for the majority of the individuals interviewed joining the armed paramilitary group didn’t involve an abrupt change from the activities they had been engaging in, and that the process of adaptation to the paramilitary group was difficult. It was also found that the majority of the people interviewed decided to leave the paramilitary group based on the necessity of being with their family, and when they left the group, the process of adaptation to civilian society was difficult.

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