The Net as a Foraging Society: Flexible Communities

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Title: The Net as a Foraging Society: Flexible Communities
Authors: Komito, Lee
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Date: 1-Jan-1998
Online since: 2019-04-29T11:05:55Z
Abstract: In discussions about electronic and virtual communities, community can variously refer to a moral community, a normative community, a community of practice, an intentional community, or a proximate community. The concept of “community” is, itself, deemed unproblematic, and often is used in either a reductivist or ethnocentric manner. An exploration of nonindustrial foraging societies is used to illustrate the wide variation in types and definitions of communities that exists. Social groups in foraging societies exhibit characteristics similar to those observed in technologically mediated social groups, and these similarities illustrate the deficiencies of typological or ideal-type definitions of “community,” as well as the artificial nature of a division between “real” and “electronic” communities. Groups that depend on computer-mediated communication among members can, and should, be examined using the same social science concepts and methods used to examine any other social groups.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: The Information Society
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Start page: 97
End page: 106
Copyright (published version): 1998 Taylor & Francis Group
Keywords: Computer-mediated communicationElectronic groupsEthnographyVirtual community
DOI: 10.1080/019722498128908
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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