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SOCIAL MEDIA – A THEORETICAL CORRELATION WITH SOCIALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Joan Rita O'Brien

The present paper envisages to understand the concept of social media in sociological context. It introduces the meaning and types of social media as well as brings about some clarity with regard to the grey area of whether some things could be categorized as social media or not.  Although social media is a relatively new concept, with its presence being felt in every sphere of our lives, its inter-relation with society can somehow be traced through the theories and writings of social psychologists and modern social thinkers and through some of the classical social thinkers too. Through this paper, some of these theories have been relooked and contemplated upon to draw a correlation between social media and the core sociological concepts of Socialization and Social Change. How socialization and social change are the causes and in turn how they get affected by social media is the subject for analysis here.

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