Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human

Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human

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by Tom Boellstorff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691146276

ISBN-13: 9780691146270

Pub. Date: 04/07/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Tom Boellstorff describes Second Life warmly and intelligently, highlighting its issues in a thought-provoking manner that is always backed up with evidence. There's an almost tangible depth to his analysis that makes it really stand out. This is just the kind of portrait of a virtual world that I've been waiting to see for years: a full-blooded, book-length

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"Tom Boellstorff describes Second Life warmly and intelligently, highlighting its issues in a thought-provoking manner that is always backed up with evidence. There's an almost tangible depth to his analysis that makes it really stand out. This is just the kind of portrait of a virtual world that I've been waiting to see for years: a full-blooded, book-length tour de force."—Richard A. Bartle, author of Designing Virtual Worlds

"This is the first book to take a sustained look at an environment like Second Life from a purely anthropological perspective. It is sure to become the basis for a new conversation about how we study these spaces. It is impossible to read this book and not come away asking questions about how our lives are being transformed in very real ways by what is happening in the virtual."—Douglas Thomas, author of Hacker Culture

"Taking the bold step of conducting ethnographic fieldwork entirely 'inside' Second Life, Tom Boellstorff invites readers to meditate on the old and new meanings of the virtual and the human. He presses the inventive and compelling claim that anthropologists would do well to imagine culture itself as already harboring the notion of the virtual. Boellstorff argues that being 'virtually human' is what we have been all along."—Stefan Helmreich, author of Silicon Second Nature

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ISBN-13:
9780691146270
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,097,851
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

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Pt. I Setting the Virtual Stage 1

Ch. 1 The Subject and Scope of This Inquiry 3

Ch. 2 History 32

Ch. 3 Method 60

Pt. II Culture in a Virtual World 87

Ch. 4 Place and Time 89

Ch. 5 Personhood 118

Ch. 6 Intimacy 151

Ch. 7 Community 179

Pt. III The Age of Techne 203

Ch. 8 Political Economy 205

Ch. 9 The Virtual 237

Glossary 251

Notes 255

Works Cited 271

Index 303

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