Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age [NOOK Book]

Overview

How do we become connected to people we have never met in person? From celebrities to faraway relatives, from favorite writers to thinkers to people we meet on-line, we form a host of subtle, invisible, but very real social connections with distant others. In Connecting, Mary Chayko investigates how physically separated people manage to create a sense of connectedness-a "meeting of the minds"-and feel undeniably, if unexpectedly, bonded. Through dozens of personal accounts, the book considers the social "fallout"...
See more details below
Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$31.95
BN.com price

Overview

How do we become connected to people we have never met in person? From celebrities to faraway relatives, from favorite writers to thinkers to people we meet on-line, we form a host of subtle, invisible, but very real social connections with distant others. In Connecting, Mary Chayko investigates how physically separated people manage to create a sense of connectedness-a "meeting of the minds"-and feel undeniably, if unexpectedly, bonded. Through dozens of personal accounts, the book considers the social "fallout" of connecting with absent others-the benefits and hazards-on our societies, communities, relationships, and individual selves. The result is a comprehensive yet intimate look at social bonding as it is rarely recorded: an examination of the bonds and communities we form across great distances, and even across time, in the age of the Internet.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Calling on readers to rethink ideas about the meaning of connection, the location of community, and the expansion of the sources of self and identity, Chayko has taken a sociological venture into a world psychologists would claim. Happily for readers, she has avoided psychological reductionism and produced a solid contribution to symbolic interactionism and social theory.— CHOICE

"This is a lovely piece of work. Extraordinarily sophisticated and ever so timely, it ups the ante and redefines the nature of work on cognition, intimate relationships, community, communications, and Web-based activity."— Christena E. Nippert-Eng, author of Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries Through Everyday Life

Connecting addresses important contemporary questions about community and self by integrating insights from classic sociology and philosophy with everyday observations by interviewees. In particular, it addresses questions about how it is possible to feel socially connected to other individuals or socially integrated into a group without physical proximity.— Rebecca G. Adams, coeditor of Deadhead Social Science: You Ain't Gonna Learn What You Don't Want to Know"
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791488300
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Chayko is Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology at the College of St. Elizabeth.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Meeting of the Minds 1
2 From Cave Paintings to Chat Rooms: The Sociomental Foundation of Connectedness 7
3 Making the Connection . . . Across Time, Space, and Cyberspace 39
4 Till Death Do We Disconnect? Keeping Connections Alive 79
5 How Real Does It Get? Properties of Sociomental Bonds 101
6 The Social "Fallout" of Connecting at a Distance 127
App. 1 Investigating the Sociomental: The Face-to-Face Interview Methodology 163
App. 2 Cyberspace Connecting: The Online Survey: Methodology 181
Notes 187
References 201
Index 229
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)