Ural Federal University (UrFU), Russian Federation
Received date: May 05, 2016; Accepted date: June 20, 2016; Published date: June 24, 2016
Citation: Zavyalova N. Social Institutions, Groups, Relations within the Globalization Context and Society Virtualization. Global Media Journal. 2016, S3:e102
Copyright: © 2016, Zavyalova N. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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