Toward a network sociality

Wittel, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-4680-6670, 2001. Toward a network sociality. Theory, Culture & Society, 18 (6), pp. 51-76. ISSN 0263-2764

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This article explores some current transformations of the social. It argues for a shift from a model of sociality based on community towards a network sociality. This shift is particularly visible in urban spaces and in the cultural industries. However, it seems to become paradigmatic more widely of the information society. The article is to be read as a cultural hypothesis. In the first part I introduce some examples that document the rise of a network sociality. Most of these examples are drawn from a two-year ethnographic study of London's new media. The second part consists of a critique of some theoretical accounts of contemporary transformations of sociality. The third part is an attempt to outline the concept of network sociality. It is a form of sociality that is ephemeral but intense, it is informational and technological, it combines work and play, it is disembedded and generic, and it emerges in the context of individualization.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Theory, Culture & Society
Creators: Wittel, A.
Publisher: Sage
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2001
Volume: 18
Number: 6
ISSN: 0263-2764
Rights: Copyright 2001 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:13

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