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Connectivity Does Not Ensure Community : On Social Capital, Networks and Communities of Place

Foth, Marcus (2003) Connectivity Does Not Ensure Community : On Social Capital, Networks and Communities of Place. In Marshall, Stewart & Taylor, Wallace (Eds.) 5th International Conference on Information Technology in Regional Areas (ITiRA), 15-17 December 2003, Caloundra, QLD.

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Abstract

Putnam reports a decline of social capital in society, Castells speaks of a privatisation of sociability. In this paper, I argue that, in local contexts, the internet holds the potential to grow strong communities of place which are rich in social capital. However, this potential can only be realised by online communication networks which are designed to create a sense of social ownership within the community. This paper provides the rationale for a research project currently undertaken by the author which seeks to inform the design and development of online communication networks to grow sustainable communities of place.

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ID Code: 1902
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This is a revised version of an earlier paper. (see below for link to earlier paper)
Keywords: community informatics, social capital, community networks, urban neighbourhoods
ISBN: 1876674679
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 10:06

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