Social media and migration: virtual community 2.0

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Title: Social media and migration: virtual community 2.0
Authors: Komito, Lee
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5262
Date: Jun-2011
Abstract: Research indicates that migrants' social media usage in Ireland enables a background awareness of friends and acquaintances that supports bonding capital and transnational communities in ways not previously reported. Interview data from 65 Polish and Filipino non-nationals in Ireland provide evidence that their social media practices enable a shared experience with friends and relations living outside Ireland that is not simply an elaboration of the social relations enabled by earlier Internet applications. Social media usage enables a passive monitoring of others, through the circulation of voice, video, text, and pictures, that maintains a low level mutual awareness and supports a dispersed community of affinity. This ambient, or background, awareness of others enhances and supports dispersed communities by contributing to bonding capital. This may lead to significant changes in the process of migration by slowing down the process of integration and participation in host societies while also encouraging continual movement of migrants from one society to another.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Society for Information Science and Technology and Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): 2011 American Society for Information Science and Technology
Keywords: Social media usage;Migrants;Migration
DOI: 10.1002/asi.21517
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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