Reflections and discussions on emerging, mobile network societies. Edited by Tom E. Julsrud
Towards a mobile network society
One of the most salient changes in modern societies is the rapid uptake of mobile information and communication technologies (ICT). In a broad range of areas this technology transform the way people live their lives, how they interact and the way they elaborate their social networks. As a result modern societies are increasingly clustered around interconnected, ICT supported, social networks. This blogg present result from ongoing research that explores how mobile technology is used to establish and support small-scale social networks around the world.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Some groups may never interact face to face, but still have a strong identity, and operate as a category. Other may interact regulaily, but still lack any common identity or "sense of belonging". Approaching groups as networks or categories often appear as a duality. However, sometimes they may overlap in particular strong units, coined by the term Catnets. The idea and the term can be traced back to Harrison Whites paper,"Notes on the Constituents of Social Structure", and later in his book Identity and control. The last number of Sociologica discusses the ¨concept of catnets in detail and also includes an article by White himself on "Catnets forty years later". http://www.sociologica.mulino.it/journal/issue/index/Issue/Journal:ISSUE:4