Barry Wellman, FRSC (born 1942) is a Canadian-American sociologist, currently the director at NetLab as the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His areas of research are community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction and social structure, as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations. His overarching interest is in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. He has written or co-authored more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books.
Among the concepts Wellman has published are: "the network city" (with Paul Craven), "the community question", "computer networks as social networks", "connected lives" and the "immanent Internet" (both with Bernie Hogan), "media-multiplexity" (with Caroline Haythornthwaite), "networked individualism" and "networked society", "personal community" and "personal network" and three with Anabel Quan-Haase: "hyperconnectivity", "local virtuality" and "virtual locality".
Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman are co-authors of the 2012 Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press). Wellman is also the editor of three books, and the author of more than 200 articles, often written with students. His Erdős number is 3.
Wellman has received career achievement awards from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, the International Network for Social Network Analysis, the International Communication Association, and two sections of the American Sociological Association: Community and Urban Sociology; Communication and Information Technologies. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. In 2012, Wellman was identified as having the highest h-index (of citations) of all Canadian sociologists.
... The Department of Sociology subsequently established the "Barry Wellman Award" for excellence in undergraduate research ...
... Wellman studied the network society as a sociologist at the University of Toronto ... Since his 1979 "The Community Question", Wellman has argued that societies at any scale are best seen as networks (and "networks of networks") rather than as bounded groups in hierarchical structures ... More recently, Wellman has contributed to the theory of social network analysis with an emphasis on individualized networks, also known as "networked individualism" ...
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