Uniform TitleThe 4-1-9 coalition, the internet, and Nigerian business integration in the United States
NameEleanya, Conleth (author), Kern, Montague (chair), Keith, Susan (internal member), Bratich, Jack (internal member), Steiner, Linda (internal member), Ebo, Bosah (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
SubjectCommunication, Information and Library Studies,
Electronic commerce--Corrupt practices
DescriptionThis dissertation explores how the presentation of the advance fee fraud on the Internet and its association with Nigerians might impact Nigerian immigrants engaged in business in the United States. It examines the nature of Internet contents regarding the advance fee fraud and how they characterize Nigerians in relation to the scams as background to its main objective. It studies the above issues relating to the advance fee fraud as presented on the Internet and its possible impacts on the Nigerian immigrant business people from the theoretical perspective of constructionism, framing effect, and cultural theories, which underline the mediated nature of reality and media content. Exponents of these theories insist that both the media and audience are engaged in the negotiation and construction of meanings facilitated through the use of language, thereby highlighting the subjective aspect of human knowledge.
This research employed both quantitative and qualitative methodology, namely, content analysis, depth interviews and focus group interviews. Content analysis of Internet samples was undertaken to determine the nature of Internet contents about the Nigerian involvement in the advance fee fraud. Interviews with Nigerian immigrant business people provided their perspectives from a face-to-face and non-directive discourse.
This dissertation finds that the greatest problem for the Nigerian immigrant business people is their perception of being unfairly stereotyped in reference to the scams, which they say impacts them in several negative ways to the extent that some are unable to grow their businesses or embark on new ones. The analysis of Internet content on the advance fee fraud also provides strong evidence that Nigerians are stereotyped as fraudulent people, and this hits at the heart of business.
This dissertation underscores the role of communication as a mediator of reality through the use of language, points to the limitations of the Internet as a medium of communication, and speaks to the reality of media effects.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 303-318).
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.