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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.

The Individual within the Collective: Virtual Ideology and the Realization of Collective Principles
The individual within the collective: Virtual ideology and the realization of collective principles

Much has been written about the nature and social practices of online communities, from the WELL to Usenet. With this research has come inevitable comparisons of “real” life to life in cyberspace, both of which are replete with possibilities, limitations, social hierarchies, lawlessness, power relations, ideology, and genuine human experience. And, like our existence in the physical world, our analogous existence in cyberspace is partially characterized by the tensions that emerge between the individual and the collective in post-industrial society. How is collectivity in cyberspace juxtaposed against individuality? How is cyberspace used as a public space and what does this ...

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