Computer-Mediated Hospitality Networks in Siberia: Investigating Reciprocity, Trust and Social Connectivity along the TransSiberian and beyond
The goal of the study is to explore the social and moral implications of the phenomenon of hospitality networks and use it as an entry to investigate forms of reciprocity, trust and social connectivity in contemporary society. It will analyze how computer-mediated hospitality networks such as CouchSurfing (CS) not only generate a specific ideology of host-guest relationship mediated by the Internet, but also provoke the fragmentation of spatial mobility and travel patterns among the traveling subjects.
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology