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Physical Place and Cyberplace: The Rise of Personalized Networking
Computer networks are social networks. Social affordances of computer-supported social networks - broader bandwidth, wireless portability, globalized connectivity, personalization - are fostering theExpand
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Different Strokes from Different Folks: Community Ties and Social Support
Community ties with friends and relatives are a principal means by which people and households get supportive resources. Quantitative and qualitative data from the second East York study are used toExpand
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The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers
  • B. Wellman
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 March 1979
The Community Question has set the agenda for much or much of sociology. It is the question of how large-scale social systemic divisions of labor affect the organization and content of primary ties.Expand
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Does the Internet Increase, Decrease, or Supplement Social Capital?
How does the Internet affect social capital? Do the communication possibilities of the Internet increase, decrease, or supplement interpersonal contact, participation, and community commitment? ThisExpand
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Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and Virtual Community
When computer networks link people as well as machines, they become social networks. Such computer-supported social networks (CSSNs) are becoming important bases of virtual communities,Expand
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Structural analysis: From method and metaphor to theory and substance.
Structural (or network) analysis has mystified many social scientists. Some have rejected it as mere methodology, which lacks due regard for substantive issues. Some have fled from its unusual termsExpand
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Studying Online Social Networks
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We argue the usefulness of a social network approach for studying computer-mediated communication, be it in computer-supported cooperative work, in virtual community, or in more diffuse interactions over less bounded systems such as the Internet. Expand
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Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism
  • B. Wellman
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Cities
  • 18 October 2001
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This paper traces how communities have changed from densely-knit "Little Boxes" (densely-knit, linking people door-to-door) to "Glocalized" networks (sparselyknit but with clusters, linking households both locally and globally). Expand
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Neighboring in Netville: How the Internet Supports Community and Social Capital in a Wired Suburb
What is the Internet doing to local community? Analysts have debated about whether the Internet is weakening community by leading people away from meaningful in‐person contact; transforming communityExpand
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The Social Affordances of the Internet for Networked Individualism
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We review the evidence from a number of surveys in which our NetLab has been involved about the extent to which the Internet is transforming or enhancing community. Expand
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