"This paper deals with shifts in the concept of neighborhoods and communities. I propose that the field of social network studies is useful to aid missiological considerations in contemporary global societies. Furthermore, I argue for the thesis that current social shifts require mission studies to move from notions of homogeneous or quasi-homogenous geographically bounded groups, neighborhoods, and communities towards giving attention to the networks of networked individuals—the digital neighbor. The underlying question addressed is, How does this redefinition of community foster mission renewal in the digital age? Answering this question supplies rudimentary material to build a theoretical concept of mission based on a new identity, place, and modes of relationships in a digital-technological-saturated age."
Oliveira, Paulo C.
"The Rise of the Digital Neighbor: A Theoretical Concept for Mission Renewal in the Digital Age,"
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Available at: https://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/jams/vol15/iss1/8