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Whether people want to play games and download music, engage in social networking and professional collaboration, or view pornography and incite terror, the Internet provides myriad opportunities for people who share common interests to find each other. The contributors to this book argue that these self-selected online groups are best understood as tribes, with many of the same ramifications, both positive and negative, that tribalism has in the non-cyber world. In Electronic Tribes, the authors of sixteen competitively selected essays provide an up-to-the-minute look at the social uses and occasional abuses of online communication in the new media era. They explore many current Internet subcultures, including MySpace.com, craftster.org, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, music downloading, white supremacist and other counterculture groups, and Nigerian e-mail scams. Their research raises compelling questions and some remarkable answers about the real-life social consequences of participating in electronic tribes. Collectively, the contributors to this book capture a profound shift in the way people connect, as communities formed by geographical proximity are giving way to communities—both online and offline—formed around ideas.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION. Where Is the Shaman?
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. PART I. CONCEPTUALIZING ELECTRONIC TRIBES
  2. p. 9
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  1. CHAPTER 1. “A Tribe by Any Other Name . . .”
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Mimetic Kinship: Theorizing Online “Tribalism”
  2. pp. 21-35
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Electronic Tribes (E-Tribes): Some Theoretical Perspectives and Implications
  2. pp. 36-57
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Revisiting the Impact of Tribalism on Civil Society: An Investigation of the Potential Benefi ts of Membership in an E-Tribe on Public Discourse
  2. pp. 58-76
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  1. PART II. SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ELECTRONIC TRIBALISM
  2. p. 77
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Theorizing the E-Tribe on MySpace.com
  2. pp. 79-95
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Don’t Date, Craftsterbate: Dialogue and Resistance on craftster.org
  2. pp. 96-109
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  1. CHAPTER 7. Guild Life in the World of Warcraft: Online Gaming Tribalism
  2. pp. 110-123
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  1. CHAPTER 8. At the Electronic Evergreen: A Computer-Mediated Ethnography of Tribalism in a Newsgroup from Montserrat and Afar
  2. pp. 124-140
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  1. PART III. EMERGING ELECTRONIC TRIBAL CULTURES
  2. p. 141
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  1. CHAPTER 9. “Like a neighborhood of sisters”: Can Culture Be Formed Electronically?
  2. pp. 143-158
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  1. CHAPTER 10. Gerald M. Phillips as Electronic Tribal Chief: Socioforming Cyberspace
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. CHAPTER 11. Digital Dreamtime, Sonic Talismans: Music Downloading and the Tribal Landscape
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. CHAPTER 12. Magic, Myth, and Mayhem: Tribalization in the Digital Age
  2. pp. 191-203
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  1. PART IV. CYBERCRIME AND COUNTERCULTURE AMONG ELECTRONIC TRIBES
  2. p. 205
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  1. CHAPTER 13. Mundanes at the Gate . . . and Perverts Within: Managing Internal and External Threats to Community Online
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. CHAPTER 14. Brotherhood of Blood: Aryan Tribalism and Skinhead Cybercrews
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. CHAPTER 15. Radical Tribes at Warre: Primitivists on the Net
  2. pp. 251-268
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  1. CHAPTER 16. A “Tribe” Migrates Crime to Cyberspace: Nigerian Igbos in 419 E-Mail Scams
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 289-294
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-315
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780292793965
Related ISBN
9780292717732
MARC Record
OCLC
309871445
Pages
331
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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