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De las redes personales al sentido de comunidad octubre 13, 2009

Posted by kurtlewin in Doctorado, Estudiantes, Redes personales, Sentido de Comunidad, Tesinas, Visualización.
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La doctorando Romina Cachia presentó su trabajo de investigación “Personal Networks as a Proxy for Sense of Community“, tutorizada por el profesor Isidro Maya Jariego.

This study contributes to the debate on personal networks and communities, and attempts to explore a possible link in the context of new media and mobility. The research has been undertaken using personal network analysis, interviews and questionnaires, on a sample of 15 foreign individuals residing in Seville, aged between 24 and 37 years. The paper investigates a new approach for eliciting communities through personal networks and also identifies various characteristics of the communities elicited. It also explores the sense of community experienced with a selection of the groups and the communities and the major characteristics of the personal networks derived. Results indicate that the personal networks method generated three times more communities than the spontaneous method. Through the examination of this method, it became clear that the role of groups cannot be ignored because for many respondents groups and communities are interrelated. This study shows that while communities provide a latent over arching sense of community, groups provide a higher, more specific and functional sense of belonginess. Of the communities identified, communities outside Seville predominated showing the significant role of new media technologies in how respondents connected with their groups and communities. Six different typologies of respondents´ own visualisations of their personal networks have been identified reflecting egos’ perception of their own networks.

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