New Agency of Personal Communities

  • Rajee Kanagavel


This chapter discusses media use and its repercussions for international students’ relationships and support networks and whether a changing media landscape is leading to social transformation. This chapter focuses on social processes in the context of technological mediation in support exchanges. Face-to-face contact is considered to be only one of many media channels for social support exchange. International students have different support structures and prefer different media when communicating with each. Although the categories of media are broadly classified, the frequency and type of channel add more substance to the networks. The chapter concludes with the introduction of three profiles of media use: classic media, neoteric media, and established media.


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

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