Social exclusion, power and video game play : new research in digital media and technology / edited by David G. Embrick, J. Talmadge Wright, and Andras Lukacs.

by Embrick, David GLooking glass; Lukács, AndrásLooking glass; Wright, J. TalmadgeLooking glass.

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2012.Description: 262 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 073913860X; 9780739138601.Subject(s): Fantasy games -- Social aspects | Leisure -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Role playing -- Social aspects | Video games -- Social aspectsLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

While many books and articles are emerging on the new area of game studies and the application of computer games to learning, therapeutic, military, and entertainment environments, few have attempted to contextualize the importance of virtual play within a broader social, cultural, and political environment that raises the question of the significance of work, play, power, and inequalities in the modern world. Studies tend to concentrate on the content of virtual games, but few have questioned how power is produced or reproduced by publishers, gamers, or even social media; how social exclusion (based on race, class, or gender) in the virtual environment is reproduced from the real world; and how actors are able to use new media to transcend their fears, anxieties, prejudices, and assumptions. The articles presented by the contributors in this volume represent cutting-edge research in the area of critical game play with the hope of drawing attention to the need for more studies that are both sociological and critical.

Includes bibliographical references.

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As an increasingly popular pastime, video gaming is big business. Well-founded claims of gaming's economic and social importance still begin the many academic books appearing now on the subject--including the book under review--suggesting that video gaming's legitimacy as a research topic is still a source of anxiety. Most work in this burgeoning field is devoted to games as objects--their genres, aesthetics, and technologies. In contrast, this collection of essays investigates the gamers--their motivations, habits, and interactions. Embrick, Wright, and Lukacs (all, Loyola Univ., Chicago) are, respectively, sociologists (Embrick and Wright) and an informatics specialist. They organize the 12 main essays, most by young scholars, into sections that look at "social-psychological implications," "social inequalities" (e.g., gender), and "game fans." Though they have different disciplinary backgrounds, the contributors share a focus on players' social construction--as group actors in World of Warcraft, as individual consciousnesses, as concerned consumers. The power and social exclusion discussed in the text takes place in the worlds of gaming. Thinking about the relation of those ludic politics to the more painful ones of the real world is left largely to the reader. Summing Up: Recommended. Comprehensive collections serving researchers and professionals. A. J. Wharton Duke University

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David Embrick is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University, Chicago.J. Talmadge Wright is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University, Chicago.Andras Lukacs is a PhD candidate at Loyola University, Chicago.