Virtually local : social media and community amongst Polish nationals in Dublin

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dc.contributor.author Komito, Lee
dc.contributor.author Bates, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-16T12:05:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-16T12:05:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.date.issued 2009-05
dc.identifier.citation Aslib Proceedings en
dc.identifier.issn 0001-253X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2860
dc.description.abstract Purpose - This paper examines the impact of social media (including social networking technologies) on migration strategies and integration, focusing on the use of new technologies for information seeking and dissemination, as well as personal communication. Methodology - Twenty-six Polish nationals resident in Ireland were interviewed, using semi-structured interviews, in 2008. Findings - Results indicated a significant use of new social media, especially social networking technologies based in Poland and largely used by Polish language speakers. The use of social networking technologies enabled “media rich” and resilient social groups to develop, founded on the latent monitoring of activities characteristic of face-to-face, geographically delimited communities. The resulting social groups incorporated friends and relations based in Poland, Ireland and throughout the world. These networks tended to minimize integration into Irish society, as most Polish nationals interacted only with other Polish people, whether resident in Ireland or elsewhere. Originality - This research demonstrates that new technologies are having a significant impact on patterns of migration. New social media are changing the character of international migration, with an emphasis on mobility rather than assimilation. Where foreign nationals previously tended to integrate into the societies where they resided, migrants are now more likely to be peripatetic mobile workers. Furthermore, while these migrants often no longer live in physical ghettos, they now live in “virtual” ghettos or enclaves, as they use new technologies to create separate lives within the wider society in which they work and live. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing en
dc.subject Virtual community en
dc.subject Social media en
dc.subject Migration en
dc.subject Transnational communities en
dc.subject Web 2.0 en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Poland en
dc.subject Social interaction en
dc.subject.lcsh Emigration and immigration--Social aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Social media en
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrants--Effect of technological innovations on en
dc.subject.lcsh Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (Sociology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Polish--Ireland en
dc.title Virtually local : social media and community amongst Polish nationals in Dublin en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00012530910959790 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 61 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 232 en
dc.identifier.endpage 244 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/00012530910959790
dc.neeo.contributor Komito|Lee|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Bates|Jessica|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship UCD Research Seed Funding en


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