Specifying a Wikipedia-Centric Explanatory Model for Online Group Evolution and Structural Differentiation

  • Sorin Adam Matei
  • Brian C. Britt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


In the previous chapter, we set up the broader sociological underpinnings of our argument. This chapter will focus on the more immediate and tangible mechanisms that shape the emergence and evolution of social media groups, such as those that build Wikipedia. Our theoretical argument will devote particular attention to the role played by contributing elites in organizing and sustaining collaborative activity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sorin Adam Matei
    • 1
  • Brian C. Britt
    • 2
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.South Dakota State UniversityBrookingsUSA

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