[Air-l] studies on Local community strength by internet access
kavan at vt.edu
Wed May 3 10:58:49 PDT 2006
In addition to Keith Hampton's study (with Barry Wellman) of Netville
noted by Doug Timusk earlier, we have found in Blacksburg that
Internet use increases community involvement for those who are
predisposed to become more involved. If you include increased
involvement and social interaction as measures of "community
strength", see, for example:
Kavanaugh, A. and Patterson, S. (2001) The Impact of Community
Computer Networks on Social Capital and Community Involvement.
American Behavioral Scientist, 45 (3) (special issue edited by Barry
and Caroline Haythornthwaite, including an article by Barry and Keith
Or more recently:
Kavanaugh, A., Carroll, J. M., Rosson, M. B., Zin, T. T., and Reese,
D.D. (2005). Community networks: Where offline communities meet
online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 10(4)
Let me know if you are interested in any other recent papers on
Blacksburg findings related to this.
At 05:15 PM 4/12/2006, you wrote:
>Are there any studies showing that internet access increases local
>community strength? I think I came across this thesis on this list.
>Can someone point this out to me?
>Peter Timusk B.Math(2002) BA (2006) Carleton University
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