This book explores the concept of cyberplace as a mode of inhabiting the contemporary world. As a result, it suggests that, for many communities, unlocking cyberspace and inhabiting cyberplaces is now an integral part of their coming-to-the-globalised-world.
Boos reviews in the detail the existing academic literature from cultural anthropology, human geography, and sociology on “cyberspace”, concluding that a phenomenological perspective on cyberspace provides the possibility of gaining a deep understanding of our contemporary lifeworlds, in which on- and offline practices constantly intermingle. In four chapters, he applies the developed theoretical and methodological approaches to the case of Siena’s neighbourhoods, the contrade, analysing their websites and discussing the implications of his findings for understanding contemporary processes of community building and for future research on cyberspace.
This concise and accessible book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars in cultural anthropology, human geography, media studies and sociology.
About the Author
Tobias Boos is scientific assistant for cultural and social geography at the Institute of Geography at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. His research interests are diaspora studies, urban festival and the relation between processes of community building and new media.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Geographies of Cyberspace: Internet, Community, Space and Place.- Chapter 2: A Phenomenological Approach on Cyberspace: Cyberplace, Community and Neighbourhood.- Chapter 3: Methodology and Methods of Analysing Representations on Websites.- Chapter 4: The Contemporary Contrade of Siena.- Chapter 5: The Symbolic Realm and Historical Framework of the Contrade.- Chapter 6: The Websites of the Contrade.- Chapter 7: Unlocking Cyberspace – Creating Cyberplaces.- Chapter 8: Idealising Cyberplaces – the Style of Representation in the Global Arena.- Chapter 9: Inhabiting Cyberspace and Emerging Cyberplaces.
What People are Saying About This
“An overdue study on the relationship between on- and offline lifeworlds which is of interdisciplinary appeal. Beyond its strong theoretical and methodological approaches the book shows how Siena's contrade appropriate cyberspace weaving a web of web-pages and in this way humanize such a powerful and multimedia communication tool.” (Fabio Mugnaini, Associate Professor, Storia delle tradizioni popolari, University of Siena)