Social networks, social capital, and the use of information technology in the urban village: A study of community groups in Manchester, England
WILLIAMS, Kate; Kate WILLIAMS(E-mail: katewill@illinois.edu)
2012-02-29
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Library and Information Science
ISSN1674-3393
Volume4Issue:3/4Pages:35-48
Abstract

Underresourced or socially excluded communities in Manchester, England demonstrate active use of information technologies despite continuing digital inequalities. A systematic look at 31 grassroots community groups, at how they use IT and who helps them, reveals possible mechanisms towards a more inclusive network society. Social network and social capital theories help make apparent how people are self-organizing with respect to information technology in ways that reach across ethnicity, class, gender, and generations for skilled help, yet stay close to their strong-tie, bonding-social-capital networks, relying largely on people in their own communities. Based on 25 measures of IT use, the groups fall into three progressively more extensive categories: Downloaders (using computers and the Internet, particularly e-mails), uploaders (maintaining a group web presence), and cyberorganizers (helping others to become uploaders or downloaders). These categories align with each individual group's purpose.

KeywordSocial Network Information Technology Social Capital Theory
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Funding OrganizationThis research was supported by the Manchester Digital Development Agency, the University of Manchester Ahmed Iqbal Race Relations Resource Center, the University of Michigan Non-Profit and Public Management Center and the Alliance for Community Technology. Generous help also came from Bernard Leach and Gary Copitch. A PhD dissertation reporting the work in more detail is available at http://deep-blue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/39370
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/5423
CollectionJournal of Data and Information Science_Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science-2011
Corresponding AuthorKate WILLIAMS(E-mail: katewill@illinois.edu)
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WILLIAMS, Kate,Kate WILLIAMS. Social networks, social capital, and the use of information technology in the urban village: A study of community groups in Manchester, England[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2012,4(3/4):35-48.
APA WILLIAMS, Kate,&Kate WILLIAMS.(2012).Social networks, social capital, and the use of information technology in the urban village: A study of community groups in Manchester, England.Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,4(3/4),35-48.
MLA WILLIAMS, Kate,et al."Social networks, social capital, and the use of information technology in the urban village: A study of community groups in Manchester, England".Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science 4.3/4(2012):35-48.
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