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Networked Identities:Understanding Relationships between Strong and Weak Ties in Networked Environments

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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  • LæRing
  • NetvæRkslæRing
  • Identitet
  • Ikt
  • PraksisfæLlesskaber
  • Learning
  • Networked Learning
  • Identity
  • Ict
  • Communities Of Practice


In this article we take up a critique of the concept of Communities of Practice (CoP) voiced by several authors, who suggest that networks may provide a better metaphor to understand social forms of organisation and learning. Through a discussion of the notion of networked learning and the critique of CoPs we shall argue that the metaphor or theory of networked learning is itself confronted with some central tensions and challenges that need to be addressed. We then explore these theoretical and analytic challenges to the network metaphor, through an analysis of a Danish social networking site. We argue that understanding meaning-making and ‘networked identities’ may be relevant analytic entry points in navigating the challenges.

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