A Companion to Social Geography (Wiley-Blackwell Companions by Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, Ruth

By Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, Ruth Panelli

This quantity strains the complexity of social geography in either its ancient and current contexts, while hard readers to mirror significantly at the tensions that run via social geographic thought.

• prepared to supply a brand new set of conceptual lenses wherein social geographies may be discussed;

• provides an unique intervention into the debates approximately social geography;

• Highlights the significance of social geography in the broader box of geography.

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Similarly, early studies of media use tended to consider only one medium, in isolation, and often relating to only one social context, rather than looking at use of all media and their multiple deployments (Haythornthwaite, 2001). Analyses have also often been implicitly (and somewhat Utopianly) egalitarian, rarely taking into account how differences in power and status affect how people communicate with each other. Throughout, analysts committed the fundamental sin of particularism, thinking of the Internet as a lived experience distinct from the rest of life.

Use is no longer dominated by white, young, North American men; access and use has diffused to the rest of the population and the rest of the world. Of these users, • • • • • • Almost all use email, with email rapidly becoming more used than the telephone. Almost all web surf. Moreover, web-surfers are spending more time online and using the Internet more often. In September 2001, Internet users spent an average of 10 hours and 19 minutes online, up 7 percent from the nine hours and 14 minutes recorded a year earlier (Macaluso, 2001).

What is the Internet’s impact on friendships? Are local friendships traded for distant ones or are distant ones added? , 1996)? Do the dynamics of social interactions on the Internet add to or detract from individual well-being? Do they add to or detract from commitment to and participation in local community activities (Hampton and Wellman, 2000; Kavanaugh and Patterson; Putnam, 2000)? , 1998; Quan-Haase and Wellman)? Does the Internet perpetuate or exaggerate existing offline behavior, such as increasing connectedness only for those with initially larger networks and better resources (Nie, 2001), increasing communication only among natural communicators (Boneva and Kraut)?

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