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Virtual Culture marks a significant intervention in the current debate about access and control in cybersociety exposing the ways in which the Internet and other computer-mediated communication technologies are being used by disadvantaged and marginal groups - such as gay men, women, fan communities and the homeless - for social and political change. The contributors to this book apply a range of theoretical perspecitves derived from communication studies, sociology and anthropology to demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities for cybersociety as an identity-structured space.

Punishing the Persona: Correctional Strategies for the Virtual Offender
Punishing the persona: Correctional strategies for the virtual offender
Richard C.MacKinnon

What are “virtual crime” and “virtual punishment”? Intuitively, one knows the answers, but it is necessary to situate the original questions in the context or place where these crimes are allegedly occurring and where proper punishments are to be dealt. This leads to the more preliminary question “What is cybersociety?,” for it is there where these phenomena are presently under study. Steven Jones (1995) coined the term to describe the “new forms of community” and “social formations” brought about by such “wonders of technology” as computer-mediated communication (CMC). Cybersociety is the emergence of community from a complex set of social formations in a space enacted by mediating ...

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