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

  • 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.

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Institutes:Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten
Author:Robert Lipp
Advisor:Elmar Rieger, Richard Münch
Place of publication:Bamberg
Year of publication:2012
Pages / Size:77 S.
Remarks:Bamberg, Univ., Dipl.-Arb., 2012
SWD-Keyword:Internet ; Tourismus ; Gastfreundschaft ; Soziales Netzwerk ; Online-Publikation
Keywords:Community; Cosmopolitanism; Hospitality; Internet; Web 2.0
DDC-Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
RVK-Classification:MR 5900
Document Type:Bachelor thesis/ master thesis/ final paper
Publishing Institution:Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Release Date:2013/02/15
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)