Membership Claims and Requests: Conversation-Level Newcomer Socialization Strategies in Online Groups

  title={Membership Claims and Requests: Conversation-Level Newcomer Socialization Strategies in Online Groups},
  author={Moira Burke and Robert E. Kraut and Elisabeth Joyce},
  journal={Small Group Research},
  pages={4 - 40}
Early socialization experiences have a long-term impact on newcomers’ satisfaction, performance, and intention to stay in a group. We know that newcomers proactively shape their own socialization, but we know little about the behavioral tactics they employ, or how the words they choose affect their acceptance by the group. The present article highlights three common conversational strategies of newcomers to online groups: (a) group-based membership claims, in which newcomers describe initial… 

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