Ethnicity, social capital and the Internet: British Chinese websites

Parker, David and Song, Miri (2006) Ethnicity, social capital and the Internet: British Chinese websites. Ethnicities, 6 (2). pp. 178-202. ISSN 1468-7968. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796806063751) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article explores websites developed to express the interests and experiences of young Chinese people in Britain. Drawing on content analysis of site discussions and dialogues with site users, we argue these new communicative practices are best understood through a reworking of the social capital problematic. First, by recognizing the irreducibility of Internet-mediated connections to the calculative instrumentalism underlying many applications of social capital theory. Second, by providing a more differentiated account of social capital. The interactions we explore comprise a specifically 'second generation' form of social capital, cutting across the binary of bonding and bridging social capital. Third, judgement on the social capital consequences of Internet interactions must await a longer-term assessment of whether British Chinese institutions emerge to engage with the wider polity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Racialization, Second generation, Social inclusion, Social network
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 13:44 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37839 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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