[LINK] Reqiuem Pace Second Life
Mike.Shearer at westnet.com.au
Thu Oct 9 17:56:24 EST 2008
The following book by Boellstorff is worth chasing from your local
library. I'm not a second lifer and was very sceptical of the very
idea. The book has changed my understanding. Tom's fieldwork was done
in the early years of Second Life.
Coming of age in Second Life : an anthropologist explores the virtually
human by Tom Boellstorff. Princeton University Press, c2008.
ISBN 9780691135281 (hbk.) 316 p.
Contents: Pt. I. Setting the Virtual Stage -- Ch. 1. The Subject and
Scope of This Inquiry -- Ch. 2. History -- Ch. 3. Method -- Pt. II.
Culture in a Virtual World -- Ch. 4. Place and Time -- Ch. 5. Personhood
-- Ch. 6. Intimacy -- Ch. 7. Community -- Pt. III. The Age of Techne --
Ch. 8. Political Economy -- Ch. 9. The Virtual. Includes
bibliographical references (p. -301)and index
Summary: "Tom Boellstorff conducted more than two years of fieldwork in
Second Life, living among and observing its residents in the same way
anthropologists traditionally have done to learn about cultures and
social groups in the so-called real world. He applied the methods of
anthropology to study many facets of this new frontier of human life,
including issues of gender, race, sex, money, conflict and antisocial
behavior, the construction of place and time, and the interplay of self
and group."--BOOK JACKET.
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