Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland : networks and community

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Title: Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland : networks and community
Authors: Komito, Lee
Bates, Jessica
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2861
Date: 10-Feb-2011
Abstract: Migrants, having left their home society and community, often depend on electronic modes of communication to maintain contacts with distant friends and relations. Their practices illustrate the affordances provided by social media when face to face communication is not available. This paper describes the information and communication practices of Polish and Filipino nationals in Ireland, based on interviews with over sixty-five migrants in 2009. Migrants display increased dependence on the Internet as an information source and use various electronic media to maintain significant contacts with friends and relations in their home societies. Social media (including Web 2.0) practices have an impact on long distance relations that previous technologies have not had, due to differences in the way these technologies are utilized. Social media usage is a passive monitoring that complements the active communication of first generation technologies; this monitoring creates a background awareness and presence in terms of which active communication takes place, which facilitates bonding as well as bridging capital. This enables resilient and durable transnational links, while also facilitating greater mobility for migrants.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ACM
Copyright (published version): 2011 ACM
Keywords: MigrationVirtual communitySocial mediaSocial capital
Subject LCSH: Social media
Social integration
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (Sociology)
Information behavior
Immigrants--Effect of technological innovations on
DOI: 10.1145/1940761.1940801
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference
Conference Details: Presented at iConference 2011, February 8-11, 2011, Seattle, WA, USA
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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