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Social and cultural aspects of virtual lifestyles

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
S210  Social sciences  Sociology 
S265  Social sciences  Press and communication sciences 
S274  Social sciences  Research methodology in science 
S213  Social sciences  Social structures 
P160  Natural sciences and mathematics  Statistics, operations research, programming, actuarial mathematics 
Keywords
life-style, class, class differences and uses of internet, cultural capital, social interactions, social support, ego-centred social networks, communication patterns, media consumption
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Researchers (10)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  23497  PhD Barbara Brečko  Sociology  Researcher  2008  113 
2.  23424  PhD Vesna Dolničar  Sociology  Researcher  2006 - 2008  333 
3.  23809  Gašper Koren  Mathematics  Researcher  2005 - 2007  33 
4.  28316  PhD Katarina Krapež  Law  Researcher  2006 - 2007  173 
5.  28074  PhD Luka Kronegger  Sociology  Junior researcher  2006 - 2008  138 
6.  07633  PhD Breda Luthar  Political science  Researcher  2005 - 2008  416 
7.  16370  PhD Tanja Oblak Črnič  Political science  Researcher  2005 - 2008  401 
8.  29785  Darko Štamfelj  Sociology  Researcher  2008 
9.  26349  PhD Ilija Tomanić Trivundža  Political science  Researcher  2007 - 2008  224 
10.  10155  PhD Vasja Vehovar  Sociology  Head  2005 - 2008  836 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,156 
Abstract
The proposed research extends notion of a lifestyle from a sum of individual practices/attitudes to a concept of cultural articulation of the social class differences. Besides the consumption of culture, food, leisure, fashion, media, new technologies etc., the general wellbeing, social networks and social capital are also closely observed. The “virtual” lifestyles are thus studied here as a manifestation of general (off-line) life-style principles. The key research questions are as follows: The implementation of well-elaborated postmodern (off-line) life-style strategies: How they determine the on-line life-styles? What is the basic typology of the on-line life-styles? What is their relation to traditional media - do new media replace or complement the traditional ones? The impact of on-line activities on social wellbeing, social networks, social capital and social isolation: Is this impact positive, negative, or only spurious (due to interaction with socio-demographics)? The virtual life-styles and virtual participation: What is the impact on the involvement in political participation? Proposed research continues and extends the activities of the members of team (three centers cooperate here: Social informatics, Media and communication studies, Spatial sociology). The members of the team already performed the first profound national empirical study (2001/2002) on lifestyles. They also conduct the leading Slovenian continuous research on social consequences of the Internet (RIS, 1996-2005, http://ris.org), where in May 2005, together with the Statistical Office of Slovenia, in-depth empirical face-to-face survey (n=1,400, age: 10-76 years old) studied on-line activities, life-styles and social networks (http://surs.ris.org). The members of the team also participated in national studies on social networks (2001) and the conduct the leading national research on digital divide. The research thus builds on previous studies. It starts with the elaboration of contemporary theoretical concepts, which are tested on above-mentioned empirical survey (http://surs.ris.org, 2005). In addition, various qualitative studies will be performed among the specific life-style segments.
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