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Defining friendworks : communication perspective on social networks types

Ben Harush, Orit Rivka (2009) Defining friendworks : communication perspective on social networks types. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship : Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009, Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 191-208.

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Abstract

This paper introduces friendwork as a new term in social networks studies. A friendwork is a network of friends. It is a specific case of an interpersonal social network. Naming this seemingly well known and familiar group of people as a friendwork facilitates its differentiation from the overall social network, while highlighting this subgroup's specific attributes and dynamics. The focus on one segment within social networks stimulates a wider discussion regarding the different subgroups within social networks. Other subgroups also discussed in this paper are: family dependent, work related, location based and virtual acquaintances networks. This discussion informs a larger study of social media, specifically addressing interactive communication modes that are in use within friendworks: direct (face-to-face) and mediated (mainly fixed telephone, internet and mobile phone). It explores the role of social media within friendworks while providing a communication perspective on social networks.

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ID Code: 28112
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Social network, friendship, friendwork, Typology
ISBN: 9781741072754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Orit Ben-Harush
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2009 11:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:10

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