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Networks In The Global Village : Life In Contemporary Communities - Barry Wellman

Networks In The Global Village

Life In Contemporary Communities

Paperback Published: 6th August 1999
ISBN: 9780813368214
Number Of Pages: 403

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"Networks in the Global Village" examines how people live through personal communities: their networks of friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers. It is the first book to compare the communities of people around the world. Major social differences between and within the First, Second, and Third Worlds affect the opportunities and insecurities with which individuals and households must deal, the supportive resources they seek, and the ways in which markets, institutions, and networks structure access to these resources. Each article written by a resident shows how living in a country affects the ways in which people use networks to access resources.Most people's ties in the developed world are not with neighbors but are widely dispersed. Unlike traditional studies of communities, social network analysis can identify the flourishing personal communities that people do have, no matter how far their ties may stretch and how fragmented their communities may be.Social networks are one of the principal means by which people and households acquire resources--either directly, through informal exchanges, or indirectly, by providing information on how to access the services provided by governments and other institutions. "Networks in the Global Village" focuses on how people use these networks around the world.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgments to My Intellectual Community
The Network Community: an Introductionp. 1
The Elements of Personal Communitiesp. 49
The Network Basis of Social Support: A Network is More Than the Sum of Its Tiesp. 83
Neighbor Networks of Black and White Americansp. 119
Social Networks Among the Urban Poor: Inequality and Integration in a Latin American Cityp. 147
The Diversity of Personal Networks in France: Social Stratification and Relational Structuresp. 185
Network Capital in Capitalist, Communist, and Postcommunist Countriesp. 225
Getting a Job Through a Web of Guanxi in Chinap. 255
Personal Community Networks in Contemporary Japanp. 279
Using Social Networks to Exit Hong Kongp. 299
Net-Surfers Don'T Ride Alone: Virtual Communities as Communitiesp. 331
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 367
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9780813368214
ISBN-10: 0813368219
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 403
Published: 6th August 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1