Space, Identity and Community in Internet Based Communication: A Sociological Study

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In this paper I would like to make an attempt to understand how adding to the existing forms of social space the Internet revolution contributed to the development of a new kind of space what has been growing day by day and accommodating generations together. By accommodating people over the world and providing a common space in world wide web (www) internet could make a new world that we can say as “virtual world”.

The primary concern of the paper is to analyse the growing form of e-communities and formation of identities in digital communication. Although the discussion primarily revolves around various societal relationships within the “new communication” framework, the paper is specifically concerned with exploring the interplay and impact of Internet on the change in the society away from groups and towards newly attained identities of network individualism. This change is not only perceptible at the interpersonal level but can be seen evolving at various other levels such as the societal, the community, inter-community as well. There is a paradigm shift which has occurred within the concept and phenomena of identity as well as new forms of communications have evolved. As this paradigm shift affected a new form of societal change as well?

In this paper I would try to deal with three sets of questions:

* The first set of questions will focus on the evolving process of space and virtual space in present India.
* The second set of questions will focus on the issues of identity in the cyberspaces among Indian young netizens.
* The third set of questions will more abstract in nature and will focus on the space and identity contextualising the post modern understandings.

The objectives of the presentation are:

* To understand how people consider the cyber space as an alternative social place
* How individual represent themselves in the online communities and how they chose to be a member of certain communities
* How internet facilitating them to be a part of the global society from a close room and how they are comparing themselves as global youths
* How people negotiate with their identity and personality to become the part of the global society

An attempt will made to understand the issues by focusing on India.


Keywords: Internet, Identity, Space, e-Communities, Virtual Space
Stream: Cyberspace, Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Santosh Kumar Patra

Ph.D. Candidate, Center for the Study of Social Systems
School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi, NCR, India

I have been working on "Space, Identity and Community in Internet Based Communication: A Sociological Study” for my PhD. Previously I have worked on “Economic Reforms, Poverty Reduction and the Role of State: a Study of Orissa” for the degree of M.Phil in 2004-2006 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, which has been submitted and awarded for the same. My areas of interest are Communication, Information Technology and Society; Cyber Space and Physical Space; Social and Individual identity; Poverty, Livelihood and Social Justice; Economic Reforms and Policy Changes in third World societies, focusing on India; and Emerging Social Movements in the period of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (LPG).

Ref: H08P0576