Communities in cyberspace / edited by Marc A. Smith and Peter Kollock.

by Kollock, PeterLooking glass; Smith, Marc A., 1965-Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge, [1999]Description: xi, 323 pages : illustrations ; 25cm.ISBN: 0415191394; 0415191408.Subject(s): Computer networks -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Internet -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Interpersonal relationsLooking glass | Social controlLooking glass | Social problemsLooking glass | Technology and civilizationLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This wide-ranging introductory text looks at the virtual community of cyberspace and analyses its relationship to real communities lived out in today's societies. Issues such as race, gender, power, economics and ethics in cyberspace are grouped under four main sections and discussed by leading experts:

* identity
* social order and control
* community structure and dynamics
* collective action.

This topical new book displays how the idea of community is being challenged and rewritten by the increasing power and range of cyberspace. As new societies and relationships are formed in this virtual landscape, we now have to consider the potential consequences this may have on our own community and societies.

Clearly and concisely written with a wide range of international examples, this edited volume is an essential introduction to the sociology of the internet. It will appeal to students and professionals, and to those concerned about the changing relationships between information technology and a society which is fast becoming divided between those on-line and those not.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part I Introduction
  • 1 Communities in Cyberspace
  • Part II Identity
  • 2 Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community
  • 3 Reading Race Online: Discovering Racial Identity in Usenet Discussions
  • 4 Writing in the Body: Gender (Re)Production in Online Interaction
  • Part III Social Order and Cntrol
  • 5 Hierarchy and Power: Social Control In Cyberspace
  • 6 Problems of Conflict MAnagement in Virtual Communities
  • Part IV Community Structure and Dynamics
  • 7 Virtual Communities as Communities: Net Surfers Don't Ride Alone
  • 8 INvisible Crowds in Cyberspace: Mapping the Social Structure of the USENET
  • 9 The Economies of Online Cooperation: Gift Exchange amd Public Goods in Cyberspace
  • Part V
  • 10 The Promise and the Peril of Social Action in Cybercpace: Ethos , Delivery, and the Protests over MarketPlace and the Clipper Chip
  • 11 Electronic Homesteading on the Rual Frontier: Big Sky Telegraph and its Community
  • 12 Cyberspace and Disadvantaged Communities: The Internet as a Tool for Collective Action, Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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