The Cybercultures Reader

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The Cybercultures Reader brings together articles covering the whole spectrum of cyberspace and related new technologies to explore the ways in which these technologies are reshaping cultural forms and practices at the turn of the century. The reader is divided into thematic sections focussing on key issues such as subcultures in cyberspace, posthumanism and cyberbodies and pop-cultural depictions of human-machine interaction. Key features include:

* section introductions locating the essays in their theoretical and technological context

* editor's introduction and accompanying user's guide

* extensive bibliography

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Editorial Reviews

The writings collected here provide a guide to the ways new technologies are re-shaping cultural forms and practices. The editors provide an introduction to the study of cyberculture, a user's guide to the volume, introductions to each thematic section, and a bibliography of cybertexts. Sections discuss issues like popular cybercultures, cybersubcultures, cyberfeminisms, cybersexualities, cyberbodies, post [cyber]bodies, scaling cyberspace, and cybercolonization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
'The volume's structure provides an excellent approach to the diverse nature of the fields of study ' - Convergence

'This will prove an invaluable resource for students' - International Journal of Cultural Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415183789
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 796
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bell is senior lecturer in Critical Human Geography and leader of the Urban Cultures & Consumption research cluster at the University of Leeds. His previous publications include An Introduction to Cybercultures (2001) and Cyberculture Theorists: Manuel Castells & Donna Haraway (2006)

Barbara Kennedy is Reader in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Staffordshire. Her previous publications include Deleuze and Cinema: The Aesthetics of Sensation (2000), The Cybercultures Reader with David Bell (2000) and a variety of articles in journals on feminist film theory, philosophy, dance, choreography and cultural studies.

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Table of Contents

Cybercultures Rewriter David Bell Part One: Approaching Cyberculture Introduction David Bell 1. Cyberspace: First Steps Michael Benedikt 2. A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century Donna Haraway 3. Space for Rent in the Last Suburb Scott McQuire 4. Cyberspace Scott Bukatman 5. Red Alert in Cyberspace! Paul Virilio Part Two: Popular Cybercultures Introduction Barbara Kennedy 6. From Captain America to Wolverine: Cyborgs in Comic Books – Alternative Images of Cybernetic Heroes and Villains Mark Oelhert 7. The Technophilic Body: On Technicity in William Gibson’s Cyborg Culture David Tomas 8. Deai-kei: Japan’s New Culture of Encounter Todd Holden & Takako Tsuruki 9. Mapping the Bit Girl: Lara Croft and New Media Fandom Bob Rehak 10. From DV Realism to a Universal Recording Machine Lev Manovich Part Three: Cybercommunities Introduction David Bell 11. Electronic Homesteading on the Rural Frontier: Big Sky Telegraph and its Community Willard Ucapher 12. Community in the Abstract: A Political and Ethical Dilemma? Michele Willson 13. Against Virtual Community: For a Politics of Distance Kevin Robins 14. Virtual Togetherness: An Everyday-Life Perspective Maria Bakardjieva 15. Webs as Pegs David Bell Part Four: Cyberidentities Introduction David Bell 16. Identity Construction and Self-Presentation on Personal Homepages: Emancipatory Potentials and Reality Constraints Charles Cheung 17. Prosthetic Memory: Total Recall and Blade Runner Alison Landsberg 18. Race in/for Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet Lisa Nakamura 19. Cyberpublics and Diaspora Politics among Transnational Chinese Aihwa Ong 20. Promiscuous Fictions Tyler Curtain Part Five: Cyberfeminisms Introduction Barbara Kennedy 21. On the Matrix: Cyberfeminist Simulations Sadie Plant 22. New Sciences: Cyborg Feminism and the Methodology of the Oppressed Chela Sandoval 23. Cyberquake: Haraway’s Manifesto Zoe Sofoulis 24. Feminist AI and Cyberfutures Alison Adam Part Six: Cyberbodies Introduction Barbara Kennedy 25. The Embodied Computer/User Deborah Lupton 26. Will the Real Body Please Stand Up? Boundary Stories about Virtual Cultures Alluquere Rosanne Stone 27. From Psycho-Body to Cyber-Systems: Images as Post-Human Entities Stelarc 28. Serene and Happy and Distant: An Interview with Orlan Robert Ayers 29. Revenants: The Digital Uncanny Catherine Waldby Part Seven: Cyberlife Introduction David Bell 30. The Universal Robot Hans Moravec 31. CyberLife’s Creatures Sarah Kember 32. Cyborg Babies and Cy-Dough-Plasm: Ideas About Self and Life in the Culture of Simulation Sherry Turkle 33. Computing the Human N. Katherine Hayles Part Eight: Cyberpolitics Introduction David Bell 34. Digital Networks and the State: Some Governance Questions Saskia Sassen 35. Technopower and its Cyberfutures Tim Jordan 36. Hackers: Cyberpunks or Microserfs? Paul Taylor 37. New Media and Internet Activism: From the ‘Battle of Seattle’ to Blogging Richard Kahn & Douglas Kellner 38. The Internet in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attack Briavel Holcomb, Philip Bakelaar & Mark Zizzamia Part Nine: Beyond Cybercultures Introduction Barbara Kennedy 39. Cyborg Urbanization: Monstrosity and Complexity in the Contemporary City Matthew Gandy 40. From Cyber to Hybrid: Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces Adriana de Souza e Silva 41. Alt Flow, Process, Fold: Intersections in Bioinformatics and Contemporary Architecture Tim Lenoir and Casey 42. Nanotechnology in the Age of Posthuman Engineering: Science Fiction as Science Colin Milburn 43. Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics Robin Held 44. Thinking Ontologies of the Mind/Body Relational: Fragile Faces and Fugitive Graces in the Processuality of Creativity and Performativity Barbara Kennedy

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