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Overview

Virtual Culture marks a significant intervention in the current debate about access and control in cybersociety exposing the ways in which the Internet and other computer-mediated communication technologies are being used by disadvantaged and marginal groups - such as gay men, women, fan communities and the homeless - for social and political change.

The contributors to this book apply a range of theoretical perspecitves derived from communication studies, sociology and anthropology to demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities for cybersociety as an identity-structured space.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761955269
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jones is professor and head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author/editor of numerous books, including Doing Internet Research, The Encyclopedia of New Media, Cyber Society, and Virtual Culture. He is co-founder and president of the Association of Internet Researchers and co-editor of New Media & Society, an international journal of research on new media, technology, and culture. He also edits New Media Cultures, a series of books on culture and technology for Sage Publications, and Digital Formations, a series of books on new media for Peter Lang Publishers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Steven G Jones
The Internet and Its Social Landscape - Steven G Jones
The Individual Within the Collective - Jan Fernback
Virtual Ideology and the Realization of Collective Principles
Virtual Commonality - Ananda Mitra
Looking for India on the Internet
Structural Relations, Electronic Media and Social Change - Joseph Schmitz
The Public Electronic Network and the Homeless
Why We Argue about Virtual Community - Nessim Watson
A Case Study of Phish.Net Fan Community
Gay Men and Computer Communication - David Shaw
A Discourse of Sex and Identity in Cyberspace
Virtual Community in a Telepresence Environment - Margaret L Mc Laughlin, Kerry K Osborne and Nicole B Ellison
(Re)-Fashioning the Techno-Erotic Woman - Dawn Dietrich
Gender and Textuality in the Cybercultural Matrix
Approaching the Radical Other - Susan Zickmund
The Discursive Culture of Cyberhate
Punishing the Persona - Richard Mac Kinnon
Correctional Strategies for the Virtual Offender
Civil Society, Political Economy, and the Internet - Harris Breslow

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