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Dear Socnet members
I have been following SNA literature for a while trying to familiarise myself in all relevant issues (starting from Dr. emmanuel Koku's classes). Since I have been working in micro-communities (coming from Greece in the co-operative sector), I am now collecting data and literature to introduce the concept of "Computer Supported Networks of Customs" (or how traditional religious and cultural customs are maintained, expanded and supported through the use of internet as a tie generator. E.g.the traditional Christmas cake -e-vasilopita- is tighting Greeks and all the Orthodox Christians and Phil- Hellenes together in a new whole, worldwide. The same thing happens with the e-tsougresma -the crashing of red eggs during Easter). Two major and broadly accepted customs have been implemented as Internet entities that connect potential actors allover the world.So, tradition is re-invented as a strong tie (and not a weak tie of isolated people in small villages) that attracts a broader
audience.This is consistent with the concept of Computer Supported Social Networks (Wellman et al), and combines a cultural component in an Internet platform.
The tie is established using cultural motives and its is maintained, intensified and expanded (attracting non-orthodox and Phil-hellenes) allover the world (transcending boundaries of religion and ethnic tradition).
I would appreciate any contribution you feel relevant.
Dept of Culture and Communication
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