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Spaces for learning, connection, expression, and collective power

I’m very excited to be participating in the seminar Spaces for learning, connection, expression, and collective power at the 4th International Conference of Community Psychology.

Here is the overview:

Communities can be places for learning, supporting emotional connections, expressing individuality or even questioning hegemonic interests. Looking at a diversity of online communities, this symposium highlights some of the ways online communities influence members within the group as well as support the emergence of subcultures and enact social change outside the group. Drawing on studies of eLearning, virtual worlds, and imageboard websites, these four papers highlight the power and constraints of online spaces for community, action, and learning.

Can we promote social capital, empowerment and counter-stereotypical gender behavior teaching online community psychology intervention skills? Donata Francescato

Beyond Virtual: Sense of Community Across Places and Spaces Jenny Fremlin, PhD

This presentation will discuss how sense of community exists beyond the common online/offline dichotomy. A study of World of Warcraft guild (formal team of players) members across four communities to which they belong will be discussed. Analysis of survey responses, including the Brief Sense of Community Scale and open-ended questions, showed that sense of community varies by community type not only in traditional community settings but also in online communities. Additionally, traditional factors of sense of community were present in open-ended responses describing aspects of sense of community across online and traditional community types. Traditional theories and scales can help us to understand online communities and the potential for sense of community that exists within them. If we accept new forms of social connection, understand that they are not going away but growing, and aren’t afraid to look at them as “real” we should be able to begin predicting which types of online communities offer better opportunities for sense of community and how to improve sense of community in others that need it.

Children’s bypassing site design to establish communities Stephanie Reich

Anonymous’ role in the Occupy Movement: Implications for Psicologi­a Comunitaria Adam D. Carton

I look forward to presenting with Donata Francescato, who introduced community psychology in Italy, and Stephanie Reich, whose research on sense of community in Facebook influenced my dissertation research. I’m also excited to meet Adam Carton whose work on the Anonymous community and the Occupy Movement brings an excellent twist to the seminar.