Social Computing and Virtual Communities / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $60.22
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 37%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $60.22   
  • New (5) from $60.22   
  • Used (1) from $120.00   

Overview

Growing more quickly than we can study or come to fully understand it, social computing is much more than the next thing. Whether it is due more to technology-driven convenience or to the basic human need to find kindred connection, online communication and communities are changing the way we live.
Social Computing and Virtual Communities compiles contributions from international experts to offer the sort of multidisciplinary study that is required in any investigation of communities. Delving fully into theories and methods, application areas, and types of online social environments, this book -

  • Introduces several theories regarding online social interaction
  • Provides a general overview of methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, for analyzing and evaluating virtual communities
  • Makes an in-depth investigation into e-learning communities and the formation of social networks of learners
  • Examines healthcare communities motivated by physical pain, illness, and burdensome symptoms
  • Discusses intellectual property (IP) issues, including those involving user-generated content
  • Delves into the topic of online trust
  • Introduces virtual communities, in which users immerse themselves in a 3D virtual environment, including MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing games)
  • Presents an unusual community of older people of Chinese culture who perceive virtual communities as a place where old beliefs and traditional norms can be preserved
  • Explores the rapid rise of social networking sites (SNS)

Books of this kind are uncommon. This work not only provides case studies of different domains of virtual communities and different types of social technologies but also emphasizes theoretical and methodological aspects required to research and analyze such communities.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
I recommend this book to undergraduate teachers and educational researchers seeking an overview of the topic and a clear understanding of the breadth of subject matter that encompasses online communication between people.
—S.M. Godwin, Computing Reviews, September 2011
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420090420
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Foundations of Social Computing and Virtual Communities; Charalambos Vrasidas and George Veletsianos
2. An Overview of Social Networks; Gindo Tampubolon
3. Research Methods 2.0: Doing Research Using Virtual Communities; Paul Cairns and Mark Blythe
4. E-Learning Communities; Andrew Laghos
5. Technology-Enhanced Health Communities: Research on the Use of Social Computing Applications byBoth the Sick and the Well; Laura Slaughter, Aksel Tjora, and Anne-Grete Sandaunet
6. Online Support Communities; Ulrike Pfeil
7. Online Content Sharing; Masahiro Hamasaki, Kouchiro Eto, Sri Kurniawan, Tom Hope, Hideaki Takeda, and Takuichi Nishimura
8. From Online Familiarity to Offline Trust: How a Virtual Community Creates Familiarity and Trust between Strangers; Paula Bialski and Dominik Batorski
9 Second Life, Immersion, and Learning; Diane Carr and Martin Oliver
10. Residency, Relationships, and Responsibility: The Social Side of World of Warcraft; David White
11. Perceiving an Internet Community as a "Utopia": Beliefs, Norms, and Resistance among Older Chinese; Bo Xie
12. Social Network Sites: An Exploration of Features and Diversity; Mike Thelwall and David Stuart

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)