• Greti-Iulia Ivana
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology book series (PSRS)


In this chapter, Ivana argues for the necessity of an in-depth relational approach in understanding social networking in general and Facebook in particular. The chapter highlights the different levels of social relations between users of social media, revealing how passing exchanges of information online may and often do overlap with stable and close underlying bonds between the interactants. The exploration of how the levels of episodic non-copresent interactions and durable ties are intertwined constitutes the basis for the analysis of Facebook practices and what they signify for the users.


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  • Greti-Iulia Ivana
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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