Abstract

This essay is based on observations of communication from the LiveJournal community dedicated to thoroughbred cats. I review the results of this observation from both the perspective of Exchange Networks by George Homans and the theory of power-dependence relations by Richard Emerson. Identifying the four key categories of participants, I discuss the principles of their interaction, as well as any potential strategies for entry into this community. Finally, I show the contexts of group activity that may surround their discussions, and how these contexts contribute to maintaining a balance in the group.

Keywords: exchange networks, internet-community, power dependence relations, G. Homans, R. Emerson.