Social Networks in Transnational and Virtual Communities

Nathan Vivian, Fay Sudweeks
InSITE 2003  •  Volume 3  •  2003
There has been extensive research on social networks but little is known about why some communities survive and some disintegrate. This paper provides a framework to explain similarities in many types of communities. In particular, a comparison of transnational communities and virtual communities highlights the efficacy of the framework in explaining how strong relationships within communities are dependent on social formation factors such as a sense of identity, social structures and social capital.
Social networks, transnational communities, virtual communities, social formation, social spaces.
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