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Alone together: Exploring community on an incel forum

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Incels, or involuntary celibates, are men who are angry and frustrated at their inability to find sexual or intimate partners. This anger has repeatedly resulted in violence against women. Because incels are a relatively new phenomenon, there are many gaps in our knowledge, including how, and to what extent, incel forums function as online communities. The current study begins to fill this lacuna by qualitatively analyzing the forum to understand how community is created through online discourse. Both inductive and deductive thematic analyses were conducted on 17 threads (3400 posts). The results confirm that the forum functions as a community. Four themes in relation to community were found: The incel brotherhood; We can disagree, but you're wrong; We are all coping here; and Will the real incel come forward. The four themes elucidate that incels most often exchange informational and emotional support.
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Thesis advisor: Davies, Garth
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