Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland : networks and community

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dc.contributor.author Komito, Lee
dc.contributor.author Bates, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-16T12:21:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-16T12:21:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 ACM en
dc.date.issued 2011-02-10
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-4503-0121-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2861
dc.description Presented at iConference 2011, February 8-11, 2011, Seattle, WA, USA en
dc.description.abstract Migrants, having left their home society and community, often depend on electronic modes of communication to maintain contacts with distant friends and relations. Their practices illustrate the affordances provided by social media when face to face communication is not available. This paper describes the information and communication practices of Polish and Filipino nationals in Ireland, based on interviews with over sixty-five migrants in 2009. Migrants display increased dependence on the Internet as an information source and use various electronic media to maintain significant contacts with friends and relations in their home societies. Social media (including Web 2.0) practices have an impact on long distance relations that previous technologies have not had, due to differences in the way these technologies are utilized. Social media usage is a passive monitoring that complements the active communication of first generation technologies; this monitoring creates a background awareness and presence in terms of which active communication takes place, which facilitates bonding as well as bridging capital. This enables resilient and durable transnational links, while also facilitating greater mobility for migrants. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.description.uri Conference details en
dc.description.uri http://www.ischools.org/iConference11/2011index/ en
dc.format.extent 239240 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ACM en
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 2011 iConference en
dc.rights This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in iConference '11 Proceedings of the 2011 iConference http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1940761.1940801. en
dc.subject Migration en
dc.subject Virtual community en
dc.subject Social media en
dc.subject Social capital en
dc.subject.lcsh Social media en
dc.subject.lcsh Social integration en
dc.subject.lcsh Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (Sociology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Information behavior en
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrants--Effect of technological innovations on en
dc.subject.lcsh Polish--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Filipinos--Ireland en
dc.title Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland : networks and community en
dc.type Conference Publication en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940801 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1145/1940761.1940801
dc.neeo.contributor Komito|Lee|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Bates|Jessica|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences en


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