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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 the
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 to
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? This
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.
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,
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 terms
Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism
  • B. Wellman
  • Computer Science
    Digital Cities
  • 18 October 2001
This paper traces how communities have changed from densely-knit "Little Boxes" to "Glocalized" networks (sparselyknit but with clusters, linking households both locally and globally) to "Networked Individualism", which affects design considerations for computer systems that would support digital cities.
Studying Online Social Networks
The utility of the 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 is shown.
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 community
The Social Affordances of the Internet for Networked Individualism
The studies show that the Internet is used for connectivity locally as well as globally, although the nature of its use varies in different countries, and Internet use is adding on to other forms of communication, rather than replacing them.