Reinhold Grether on 1 Aug 2001 18:39:37 -0000

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[rohrpost] Netville-Studie online

Keith N. Hampton, MIT <>
hat seine bei Barry Wellman, Toronto, geschriebene
Dissertation ueber "Netville" als pdf (1,5 MB) ins Netz gestellt.

"Living the Wired Life in the Wired Suburb: Netville,
Glocalization and Civil Society"

"Located in suburban Toronto the "wired suburb" of Netville
was a three-year investigation of how living in a newly developed
residential community, equipped with a series of advanced
computer and communication technologies as part of its design,
affects work, community and family relations..."

"This dissertation addresses the question, what will be the fate of
community and social relations as a result of the growth of new
home-based information and communication technologies? How
have social networks, social capital and community involvement
been affected by the rise of personal computers, the Internet and
computer mediated communication (CMC)? Will the Internet
reconnect the disaffiliated, or will CMC only contribute to a further
disengagement of American community life? Survey and ethnographic
data from a long-term study of “Netville,” a wired suburb near
Toronto, are used to investigate the effects of advanced
communication technology on social relationships. Netville was one of
the first residential developments in the world to be built from the
ground up with a broadband high-speed local computer network. Netville
provided a unique opportunity to observe the effects of advanced
information and communication technology on people’s daily interactions
with family, friends and neighbours. The "wired" residents of Netville
are compared with a similar group of non-wired residents who lived in
the same neighbourhood, but who were never connected to the local
computer network. Greater involvement with friends, family and
neighbours is inked to use of CMC. Internet use is associated with high
levels of in-person and telephone contact, the exchange of support, the
growth of personal network and increased community involvement."

Die Intention des "Social Network Approach" der
Toronto-Schule zielt auf eine nicht auf Lokalitaet fixierte
Theorie der Konnektivitaet.

Netzwissenschaftliche Gruesse
Reinhold Grether

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