Facebook as a space for agency: negotiations by users and non-users

January 2014
Body, Space & Technology;2014, Vol. 13, p1
The Web's architecture sets conditions for how people communicate, interact and act online in general and on social network sites (SNSs) in particular. Users and non-users of Facebook were invited to focus groups in order to create an understanding of Facebook as a technology-afforded space for agency and to illuminate the variety of meanings given to it. The aim of this study is to identify user and non-user stances to the possibilities of action and actor roles - understood in terms of mediated agency - enabled by SNSs, particularly Facebook. The negotiation of Facebook's nature as a space is scrutinised using concepts of connectedness and connectivity as analytical lenses.


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