Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism

  title={Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism},
  author={Barry Wellman},
  booktitle={Digital Cities},
  • B. Wellman
  • Published in Digital Cities 18 October 2001
  • Computer Science
Much thinking about digital cities is in terms of community groups. Yet, the world is composed of social networks and not of groups. 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) to "Networked Individualism" (sparsely-knit, linking individuals with little regard to space). The transformation affects design… 

Designing the Internet for a Networked Society: Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism

In a networked society, boundaries are more permeable, interactions are with diverse others, links switch among multiple networks, and hierarchies are flatter and more complex [2]. People in

Neighboring in Netville:

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

Personal Communities: The World According to Me

There has been a shift in perception from spatially-defined communities to relationally-defined communities (Kayahara, 2006). These personal communities are social networks defined as an individual

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.

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 main thrust of the paper is the ongoing process of glocalization worldwide and the fact that a new type of participatory journalism, not restricted to the privileged, has emerged.

Networked Individualism of Urban Residents: Discovering the communicative ecology in inner-city apartment buildings

Certain patterns of interaction between people point to networks as an adequate conceptual model to characterize some aspects of social relationships mediated or facilitated by information and

Bird in the wire: creativity, resistance, networked citizenships

The extent to which online music-making and sharing practices can be understood as acts of creative citizenship is contemplated, and this paper employs Wellman and Castells' notion of ‘networked individualism’, and contextualizes its ideas by referring to recent studies in online amateur music- making in Iran.

From Each According to Media? Testing Wellman's Theory of Networked Individualism

Wellman's networked individualism suggests a social shift from group-oriented interactions to more person-to-person contact. He contends that this shift is associated with a rise in person-to-person

From the Village to the Global Village: An Alternative Model of Collective Action in Digital Media Networks

From the Village to the Global Village: An Alternative Model of Collective Action in Digital Media Networks Luis Enrique Santana Padilla Co-Chairs of the Supervisory Committee: Dr. Kirsten Foot Dr.



Social Implications of the Internet

The Internet is a critically important research site for sociologists testing theories of technology diffusion and media effects, particularly because it is a medium uniquely capable of integrating

Physical Place and Cyberplace: The Rise of Personalized Networking

In-person and computer-mediated communication are integrated in communities characterized by personalized networking, and social affordances of computer-supported social networks - broader bandwidth, wireless portability, globalized connectivity, personalization - are fostering the movement from door-to-door and place- to-place communities.

Long Distance Community in the Network Society

Focusing exclusively on friends and relatives external to the neighborhood of Netville, the authors analyze community as relations that provide a sense of belonging rather than as a group of people living near each other.

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know: Work in the Information Age

We discuss our ethnographic research on personal social networks in the workplace, arguing that traditional institutional resources are being replaced by resources that workers mine from their own

The rise of the network society

From the Publisher: This ambitious book is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it aims 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 Internet in everyday life

List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword: The Virtual Community in the Real World. (Howard Rheingold). Series Editora s Preface: The Internet and the Network Society . (Manuel Castells).

In good company: how social capital makes organizations work [Book Review]

The author’s aim is to contribute towards the humanizing of social capital by helping people understand the importance of human interaction and the role that social media plays in the authors' lives.

In Good Company: How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work

The article reviews the book “In Good Company: How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work,” by Don Cohen and Laurence Prusak.

Introduction The Internet in Everyday Life

The increasing presence of the Internet in our everyday life raises important questions about what it means for access to resources, social interaction, and commitment to local community. This spec...