The member doing the computer updates and myself are females, and it may be inferred that this is gender bias of a type, as there are three other male group members not actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the recovery efforts who could do the computer and information networking. All are computer-knowledgeable, and have the time to perform these functions. The roles have evolved the way they have because the female doing the computer updating is the wife of the leader, and is in touch with him more frequently than any other group member could be while he is out of the country. I volunteered to keep the other group members updated on events, so there really is no gender bias at work here. We are all professionals and appreciate each others talents and capabilities.
As Stolle and Rochon found out in their study (47-65), being a part of a social group gives its members what they term "social capital" which generates trust between the members and provides the groundwork for many future benefits from social interactions and cooperative efforts between members of the group. This is also true of the group I belong to. As we have come together on this project, we have gained a deeper understanding of each other, and learned from one another, and in sharing in a common project, we have often found other areas in which we can work together in various subgroups to our mutual benefit.
Since we are all computer-literate, much of our communication is done via the computer, with websites and emails. Postmes, Spears and Lea found that when groups use computer communications frequently, communication patterns form which are unique to the group (341-371)). They found with time, this uniformity of communication methods increases, and sets the group apart from outside communicators. The group communicate differently with people who are not in the group than they do with people within the group. This may be because they share ...
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