Network communities as a new form of social organization in conditions of postmodern

  • N. V. Burmaha The Oles Honchar Dnepropetrovsk national university
Keywords: modern, postmodern, network society theory, m. castells, virtual network communities, social organization


This article deals with the approach to interpretation of essence of the network community concept in which we propose to consider it as a new form of social organization that is substantiated by the specificity of how our society is functioning in conditions of Postmodern. There were explored two main approaches to network communities studying: the first approach considers social networks in a classic, traditional interpretation of modernity as a special kind of social structure, and the second one represents social networks as a specific virtual formation, a social structure of virtual Internet reality. There were revealed some common features of a social organization and a network community: presence of permanent communication between members of the group, united by certain common interests and goals, as well as presence of the certain hierarchy among all members of the community, and the rules of conduct, implementation of communication. Distinctive features: network community is more informal, offers its members considerable leeway in the implementation of their own goals and satisfying the needs, full virtualization of communication absence of direct interaction during communication, under conditions where the main resource for the interchange in network communities is information. It was shown that in the process of emergence, development and distribution of network communities, the fundamental role is played by modern communications - namely, unification them in a stable set of interconnected networks and, in particular network communities.


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N. V. Burmaha, The Oles Honchar Dnepropetrovsk national university


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Burmaha, N. V. (2016). Network communities as a new form of social organization in conditions of postmodern. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 19(4), 63-68.