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This article explores how the use of digital communication in distributed education influences urban students' daily life movements and communication patterns. From this point the article also discusses how the structuration of urban life interplays with the socio-spatial organization of a given city. Time-geography is used as an analytical frame for analysing the time-space of the students, wherein the intersection between the social, technical, and spatial organization of the city is the main focus of interest. The discussion shows how the use of the Internet enabled the students to sustain the basic spatial organization of their life while attending higher education. At the same time, the meaning of places in their daily life was changed through the use of the Internet, especially with respect to the students' homes. It is argued that the use of communication technology contributes to the reproduction of the socio-spatial organization of the city.
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Keywords: Indonesia; higher education; the Internet; time-geography; transportation; urban structuration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Development Studies, University of Agder, Servicebox 422, NO-4604 Kristiansand, Norway., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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