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Introduction

  • Rajee Kanagavel
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Abstract

The introductory chapter discusses the importance of social relationships for various supportive functions over varying distances, and whether co-presence is necessary for students to support one another. The proliferation of new communication technologies has radically transformed the functioning of social relationships. There is a lack of core knowledge on how digital media affect personal relationships and processes of social support. The chapter reviews research that uses the social network approach to study transnational social support. It also introduces the novel research study, including the personal and socio-economic characteristics of the sample of international students.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajee Kanagavel
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSingapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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