Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers

Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers


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ISBN-13: 9780292717732
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 331
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

TYRONE L. ADAMS is the Richard D'Aquin Professor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

STEPHEN A. SMITH is Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Ronald E. Rice     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Where Is the Shaman?   Jim Parker     1
Conceptualizing Electronic Tribes
"A Tribe by Any Other Name..."   Tyrone L. Adams   Stephen A. Smith     11
Mimetic Kinship: Theorizing Online "Tribalism"   Veronica M. Davidov   Barbara Andersen     21
Electronic Tribes (E-Tribes): Some Theoretical Perspectives and Implications   Bolanle Olaniran     36
Revisiting the Impact of Tribalism on Civil Society: An Investigation of the Potential Benefits of Membership in an E-Tribe on Public Discourse   Christina Standerfer     58
Social Consequences of Electronic Tribalism
Theorizing the E-Tribe on MySpace.com   David R. Dewberry     79
Don't Date, Craftsterbate: Dialogue and Resistance on craftster.org   Terri L. Russ     96
Guild Life in the World of Warcraft: Online Gaming Tribalism   Thomas Brignall III     110
At the Electronic Evergreen: A Computer-Mediated Ethnography of Tribalism in a Newsgroup from Montserrat and Afar   Jonathan Skinner     124
Emerging Electronic Tribal Cultures
"Like a neighborhood of sisters": Can Culture Be Formed Electronically?   Deborah Clark Vance     143
Gerald M.Phillips as Electronic Tribal Chief: Socioforming Cyberspace   Ann Rosenthal     159
Digital Dreamtime, Sonic Talismans: Music Downloading and the Tribal Landscape   Michael C. Zalot     177
Magic, Myth, and Mayhem: Tribalization in the Digital Age   Leonie Naughton     191
Cybercrime and Counterculture among Electronic Tribes
Mundanes at the Gate... and Perverts Within: Managing Internal and External Threats to Community Online   Steve Abrams   Smaragd Grun     207
Brotherhood of Blood: Aryan Tribalism and Skinhead Cybercrews   Jody M. Roy     229
Radical Tribes at Warre: Primitivists on the Net   Mathieu O'Neil     251
A "Tribe" Migrates Crime to Cyberspace: Nigerian Igbos in 419 E-Mail Scams   Farooq A. Kperogi   Sandra Duhe     269
About the Contributors     289
Index     295

What People are Saying About This

H. L. Goodall Jr.

"The major contribution of this book is that the idea of 'tribe' is fully and robustly explicated in ways that challenge existing wisdom, particularly the idea that Internet users are best understood as communities. . . . The richness of diverse research resources is evident in every chapter. I particularly commend the editors on the international perspective and the inclusion of such a surprising array of subcultures."

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