5. Community

  1. Eric Gordon and
  2. Adriana de Souza e Silva

Published Online: 15 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340679.ch5

Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World

Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World

How to Cite

Gordon, E. and de Souza e Silva, A. (2011) Community, in Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340679.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180610

Online ISBN: 9781444340679



  • community;
  • sociologist Robert Putnam (2000), In his book Bowling Alone - that Americans, disengage from one another;
  • civic engagement, diminishing - from everyday life of Americans;
  • Sander and Putnam (2010), cautiously optimistic - about digital media;
  • community and society - location awareness and community life;
  • Gemeinschaft, translated as “community” - collective social form, folk culture and strong ties;
  • community, not the same thing as Gemeinschaft - ideal, online network of people;
  • good and sustainable tools - taking time and coordination to build and execute;
  • face-to-face interaction - Hub2, interactive project by Eric Gordon and Gene Koo;
  • SeeClickFix - a US-based company offering similar services


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Community and Society

  • Neighborhood Connectivity

  • Designing Engagement

  • Hyperlocal News

  • Government 2.0

  • The Politics of Net Localities

  • References