Public lecture: Social Media and the Network Structure of Social Capital
Friday, 15 February 2013
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- UQ Location:
Chamberlain Building (St Lucia)
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- Presented by Associate Professor Robert Ackland, Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, ANU
This presentation provides a review of the network conceptualisation of social capital, drawing on the work of sociologists Nan Lin, Ronald Burt and others. This is followed by a discussion of how data from social network sites (e.g. Facebook) and virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life) are being used to advance our understanding of the process of social capital accumulation and its impact on individual outcomes and achievement.
Finally, there will be an introduction to the Australian Seniors' Online Networks (AuSON) Facebook application, which was developed at the ANU as part of an ARC-funded project focused on social networks and successful ageing.
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