[Air-l] studies on Local community strength by internet access

Andrea Kavanaugh 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 
on Netville).
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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