Cosmopolitan Relationships in CouchSurfing : an explorative analysis of a Web 2.0 platform

Professorship/Faculty: Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten 
Authors: Lipp, Robert
Publisher Information: Bamberg : opus
Year of publication: 2012
Pages / Size: 77 S.
Supervisor(s): Rieger, Elmar ; Münch, Richard
Language(s): English
Bamberg, Univ., Dipl.-Arb., 2012
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-SA - Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike 3.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-20831
Document Type: Masterthesis
In an era marked by massive global interconnectedness and dependencies, questions of world citizenship inevitably resurface and the Internet, as a tool for instant, global communication, is at the center of the contemplation. Scholars have traditionally focused their attention on the rising inequalities associated with globalized
flows of goods and capital and the Internet is framed largely in terms of an empowerment structure with no integral effect on identity. This thesis explores how cosmopolitan community formation on the Internet can work by analyzing CouchSurfing, a hospitality network that makes use of Web 2.0 technology to govern membership and interaction. It creates a stable community of frequent, decentralized interaction. It facilitates cultural learning and supports the establishment of encumberable relationships across cultures.
SWD Keywords: Internet ; Tourismus ; Gastfreundschaft ; Soziales Netzwerk ; Online-Publikation
Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, Internet, Web 2.0, Hospitality, Community
DDC Classification: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology 
RVK Classification: MR 5900   
Release Date: 7. December 2012

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