Identity, Social Networks and Online Communication

MERCHANT, Guy (2006). Identity, Social Networks and Online Communication. E-Learning, 3 (2), p. 235.

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Link to published version:: 10.2304/elea.2006.3.2.235


Arguments about whether or not the Internet is creating new people or simply helping us to see ourselves in new ways are threaded through the literature on digital culture. People make new technology and exploit it for their own purposes and so it is reasonable to suggest that any changes in our social identities are wider in their reach than the digital media through which they may be expressed. By taking a perspective that is informed by the social theory of Giddens, this article explores the relationship between identity performance and social network theory, and in so doing, aims to set an agenda for future research that enables us to capture how identities are played out across social networks in both online and offline interactions.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.2304/elea.2006.3.2.235
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2011 17:18
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2015 10:53

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