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  • Critical Cyberculture Studies
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  • David Silver, Adrienne Massanari, Steve Jones
  • 2006
  • Published by: NYU Press
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Starting in the early 1990s, journalists and scholars began responding to and trying to take account of new technologies and their impact on our lives. By the end of the decade, the full-fledged study of cyberculture had arrived. Today, there exists a large body of critical work on the subject, with cutting-edge studies probing beyond the mere existence of virtual communities and online identities to examine the social, cultural, and economic relationships that take place online.
Taking stock of the exciting work that is being done and positing what cyberculture’s future might look like, Critical Cyberculture Studies brings together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of scholars from around the world to assess the state of the field. Opening with a historical overview of the field by its most prominent spokesperson, it goes on to highlight the interests and methodologies of a mobile and creative field, providing a much-needed how-to guide for those new to cyberstudies. The final two sections open up to explore issues of race, class, and gender and digital media's ties to capital and commerce—from the failure of dot-coms to free software and the hacking movement.
This flagship book is a must-read for anyone interested in the dynamic and increasingly crucial study of cyberculture and new technologies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword: Dreams of Fields: Possible Trajectories of Internet Studies
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  1. Introduction: Where Is Internet Studies?
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  1. Part I: Fielding the Field
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  1. Chapter 1:The Historiography of Cyberculture
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. Chapter 2: Cultural Difference, Theory, and Cyberculture Studies. A Case of Mutual Repulsion
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. Chapter 3: How We Became Postdigital. From CyberStudies to Game Studies
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. Chapter 4: Internet Studies in Times of Terror
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. Chapter 5: Catching the Waves. Considering Cyberculture, Technoculture, and Electronic Consumption
  2. pp. 55-67
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  1. Chapter 6: Cyberculture Studies. An Antidisciplinary Approach (version 3.0)
  2. pp. 68-76
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  1. Part II: Critical Approaches and Methods
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Chapter 7: Finding the Quality in Qualitative Research
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. Chapter 8: Web Sphere Analysis and Cybercultural Studies
  2. pp. 88-96
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  1. Chapter 9: Connecting the Selves. Computer-Mediated Identification Processes
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. Chapter 10: The Structural Problems of the Internet for Cultural Policy
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. Chapter 11: Cultural Considerations in Internet Policy and Design. A Case Study from Central Asia
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. Chapter 12: Bridging Cyberlife and Real Life. A Study of Online Communities in Hong Kong
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. Chapter 13: Overcoming Institutional Marginalization
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. Chapter 14: The Vertical (Layered) Net. Interrogating the Conditions of Network Connectivity
  2. pp. 159-167
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  1. Chapter 15The Construction of Cybersocial Reality
  2. pp. 168-178
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  1. Part III: Cultural Difference in/and Cyberculture
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. Chapter 16: E-scaping Boundaries. Bridging Cyberspace and Diaspora Studies through Nethnography
  2. pp. 181-193
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  1. Chapter 17: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Cybercultures
  2. pp. 194-204
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  1. Chapter 18: An Action Research (AR) Manifesto for Cyberculture Power to “Marginalized” Cultures of Difference
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. Chapter 19: Cyberstudies and the Politics of Visibility
  2. pp. 216-227
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  1. Chapter 20: Disaggregation, Technology,and Masculinity. Elements of Internet Research
  2. pp. 228-242
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  1. Chapter 21: Gender, Technology, and Visual Cyberculture. Virtually Women
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. Part IV: Critical Histories of the Recent Past
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. Chapter 22: How Digital Technology Found Utopian Ideology. Lessons from the First Hackers’ Conference
  2. pp. 257-269
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  1. Chapter 23: Government.com. ICTs and Reforming Governance in Asia
  2. pp. 270-278
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  1. Chapter 24: Dot-Coms and Cyberculture Studies. Amazon.com as a Case Study
  2. pp. 279-293
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  1. Chapter 25: Associating Independents. Business Relationships and the Culture of Independence in the Dot-Com Era
  2. pp. 294-308
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