9 Days and Counting Till Jordan

With just 9 days till I arrive in Jordan it is time I have some preliminary thoughts about the content of my blog posts. First, in relation to my research questions: How social media plays a role in the conversation about Jordanian women? I want to narrow down the playing field and limit my findings to a specific social group of women between the ages of 18 and 30.  I would like to start with my primary source of information which will be the University of Jordan students that I will have the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis.  From there I also want to interview and talk with women between the ages of 18 and 30 who are stay-at-home moms, working professionals, and government employees.  The following ideas are just a few ideas for topics and questions I may want to bring up or pose to these women.

1.I would like to keep a running list of general quick questions when I first start an interview. Name, age, educational status, marital status, favorite social media site, frequency of usage, reason to use site, favorite news outlet, and scale of 1-5 how well do they keep up with current events nationally and internationally. 

Image2.Queen Rania of Jordan, internationally, has reached the attention of women and men in the western world. From being rated one of the most gorgeous first ladies in the world by Harpers and Queen Magazine to her campaign in Jordan for better access to global education, she has people talking. However, this international adoration for her may overlook how Jordanian women between the ages of 18 to 30 view her majesty.  I would like to propose to my interviewees this topic of conversation and ask them if they feel like these campaigns are actually affecting Jordanian women.  In addition, is Queen Rania a role model for the average 18 to 30 year old Jordanian women or is she merely a figure head that the western world over emphasizes.

3. Another idea stems from a quote I read in a Time Magazine  not too long ago: “When you allow other people to write your history or literature you give them permission to be in charge of not only how you function, but even how you dream,” Ishmael Beah.  For women in Jordan I want to pose the question of whether or not they feel their social media usage has

Imagecontributed to Jordanian political debate and/or social issues.  And if not how much of an impact do women make in Jordanian society; for example, do they have a voice in their community? Are they using social media to have a voice in their community?

As I will do at the end of every blog post–but especially for this one—I ask for your thoughts and questions.  Do you think my points are valid? Anything else I could ask? How about the quick questions, anything else I could ask?  I would love your feedback. 

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