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Anwar csse presentation

  1. 1. Arif AnwarCSSE 2011May 31, 2011Fredericton, NB, Canada
  2. 2.   Strong Ties   Weak Ties - Intra-ethnic - Inter-ethnic - Familial - Non-familial - Intra-community - Inter-community - Internal: - External: Newcomer- Newcomer-non- Newcomer Newcomer*‘Strong’ or ‘Weak’ refers to the nature of the ties, not the quality.Ties can be strong, weak or absent.
  3. 3. “Strong” Ties  One individual precipitates “Weak” Ties Country of migration
  4. 4. As ‘weak’ hydrogen bonds hold huge watermolecules together weak ties have importantimplications for social and economic mobility
  5. 5.   Most job offers come through acquaintances, not friends (Granovetter, 1973)  Positive correlation between number of weak ties and aggregate wage and employment rates (Montgomery, 1992)
  6. 6.   Thestrong social networks that await Newcomers in Canada can be detrimental for diverse job opportunities.
  7. 7.   Newcomers may be unaware of other resources as well
  8. 8. Newcomers: information poor Non-newcomers: information rich
  9. 9.   Tool for: - Social networking - Microblogging  ‘SMS of the Internet’  Quick bursts of information
  10. 10.   Free  Low-tech/simple (relatively)  Ability to group message  All you need is a cell phone  Really, all you need is a cell phone, you DO NOT need an ‘Internet phone’, no data plan required, period.
  11. 11.   Growing faster than any other consumer electronics  Cheap  Widely available  Worldwide numbers: 6 billion+
  12. 12.   A first-line for information dissemination and immediate response  Twitter replicates real-word social networks (you may want to follow...)
  13. 13.   Informal survey of information rich non-newcomers such as community organizers and  Identify viable, key knowledge network in which intervention could be situated ◦  Focus group to determine information to be disseminated  Intervention  Evaluation ◦  New survey and focus groups ◦  Analyze twitter stream for content of exchanges  Extrapolate findings to a wider range of learning contexts and communities
  14. 14.   Youth ‘navigators’ for Newcomer communities  Equipped with Twitter, Facebook and Blogs  Served as information-rich ‘nodes’ for other newcomers  Project date Summer 2010 – March 2011  Findings TBP 2011

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