Tweeting Alone? An Analysis of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Online Networks

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Tweeting Alone? An Analysis of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Online Networks. / Sajuria, Javier; Vanheerde-hudson, Jennifer; Hudson, David; Dasandi, Niheer; Theocharis, Yannis.

In: American Politics Research, Vol. 43, No. 4, 01.07.2015, p. 708-738.

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Sajuria, Javier ; Vanheerde-hudson, Jennifer ; Hudson, David ; Dasandi, Niheer ; Theocharis, Yannis. / Tweeting Alone? An Analysis of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Online Networks. In: American Politics Research. 2015 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. 708-738.

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