Migration, Community and Social Media

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Title: Migration, Community and Social Media
Authors: Bates, Jessica
Komito, Lee
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10261
Date: 9-Mar-2012
Online since: 2019-05-01T12:07:21Z
Abstract: New information and communications technologies (ICTs) have been linked with the “annihilation of space” so that distance no longer limits communication and interaction between people, the exchange of goods, services and information amongst people, or the movement of people from one locality to another. The result, it is often suggested, is the emergence of new forms of society. Whatever debates may have developed regarding the accuracies of such claims, people vary in the extent to which such claims might apply to them. Those living in small communities who interact largely with neighbours they see daily may feel little impact of any “death of distance” (Cairncross 1997: ii). On the other hand, the lives of individuals who feel connected with people or places at a distance may be greatly altered as a result of new technologies. There is little doubt that individuals, who due to limitations imposed by distance, previously would have had little possibility of contact with each other, can now communicate and maintain social relations. Thus, the social capital debate (Portes & Landolt 1996; Putnam 2000) has been extended to include “network capital” (Larsen & Urry 2008). In most cases, individuals use multiple modes (face to face, email, texting, and so on) to communicate with each other (e.g., Boase et al. 2006; Lenhart et al. 2007; Slater & Tacchi 2004).
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: University de Deusto
Start page: 97
End page: 112
Keywords: Information and communications technologies (ICTs)CommunitiesSocial relationsCommunication
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Boucher, G., Grindsted, A., Vicente, T.L. (eds.). Transnationalism in the Global City
ISBN: 9788498303148
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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