INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION FOR BONDING AND BRIDGING COMMUNITIES: Experiences of Indonesian Migrants in the Netherlands

Hadi, A. (2013) INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION FOR BONDING AND BRIDGING COMMUNITIES: Experiences of Indonesian Migrants in the Netherlands.

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Abstract: This study focuses on interactive communication and bonding and bridging communities in the context of international migration. The present contribution looks at the Indonesians, as one of the ethnic minority groups in the Netherlands. This study compares the interactive communication experiences of the younger (less than or up to 55 years old) and the older (more than 55 years old) Indonesian migrants for bonding and bridging communities, in which 40 interviewees were involved. The present study addresses the following question: How do the older and the younger Indonesian migrants that have arrived in the Netherlands in 1965-2011 comparatively use different types of interactive communication for bonding and bridging communities? The key issue is interactive communication experiences with its two dimensions (i.e. experiences and motivations), in which migrants use different types of interactive communication (i.e. face to face meetings, letters, telephone, email, chatting and social networking sites). This study also investigates two related features, namely international migration experiences with its three dimensions (i.e. motives, length of stay and problems) and also bonding and bridging communities with its three dimensions (i.e. networks, trust and the norm of reciprocity). Findings indicate (a) the association between migration experiences and interactive communication use for bonding and bridging communities; (b) face to face meetings as the most favourable interactive communication for bonding and bridging communities; (c) a generation gap in the use of online interactive communication; (d) the opportunity of online interactive communication to expand the bonding community across borders; and (e) various motivations to use different types of interactive communication for bonding and bridging communities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62642
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