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date: 13 June 2021

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The last two decades have witnessed dramatic advancements in technologies that support human social practices. The chapters in this section focus on the role of person-centered networks as they are articulated, reinforced, and shaped by social media and other online communication technologies. By combining new data sources and existing social theory, the authors of these chapters offer fresh perspectives and articulate promising future pathways for research exploring the intersections among social networks, social capital, and social interactions. As these chapters illustrate, this is an exciting time for scholars who want to design and build technical interventions that will make a difference in the world, for those who welcome the insights afforded by new sources of data, and for those who are eager to re-engage with established theories in productive ways.

Keywords: social media, social capital, communication theory, interactions, social media trace data

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