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Electronic Tribes

The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers

By Tyrone L. Adams (Edited by), Stephen A. Smith (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 331 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2008
Whether people want to play games and download music, engage in social networking and professional collaboration, or view pornography and incite terror, the Internet provides myriad opportunities for people who share common interests to find each other. The contributors to this book argue that these self-selected online groups are best understood as tribes, with many of the same ramifications, both positive and negative, that tribalism has in the non-cyber world. In Electronic Tribes, the authors of sixteen competitively selected essays provide an up-to-the-minute look at the social uses and occasional abuses of online communication in the new media era. They explore many current Internet subcultures, including,, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, music downloading, white supremacist and other counterculture groups, and Nigerian e-mail scams. Their research raises compelling questions and some remarkable answers about the real-life social consequences of participating in electronic tribes.Collectively, the contributors to this book capture a profound shift in the way people connect, as communities formed by geographical proximity are giving way to communities--both online and offline--formed around ideas.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Ronald E. RiceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Where Is the Shaman? Jim ParkerPart I: Conceptualizing Electronic TribesChapter 1. "A Tribe by Any Other Name . . . ," Tyrone L. Adams and Stephen A. SmithChapter 2. Mimetic Kinship: Theorizing Online "Tribalism," Veronica M. Davidov and Barbara AndersenChapter 3. Electronic Tribes (E-Tribes): Some Theoretical Perspectives and Implications, Bolanle OlaniranChapter 4. Revisiting the Impact of Tribalism on Civil Society: An Investigation of the Potential Benefits of Membership in an E-Tribe on Public Discourse, Christina StanderferPart II: Social Consequences of Electronic TribalismChapter 5. Theorizing the E-Tribe on, David R. DewberryChapter 6. Don't Date, Craftsterbate: Dialogue and Resistance on, Terri L. RussChapter 7. Guild Life in the World of Warcraft: Online Gaming Tribalism, Thomas Brignall IIIChapter 8. At the Electronic Evergreen: A Computer-Mediated Ethnography of Tribalism in a Newsgroup from Montserrat and Afar, Jonathan SkinnerPart III: Emerging Electronic Tribal CulturesChapter 9. "Like a neighborhood of sisters": Can Culture Be Formed Electronically? Deborah Clark VanceChapter 10. Gerald M. Phillips as Electronic Tribal Chief: Socioforming Cyberspace, Ann RosenthalChapter 11. Digital Dreamtime, Sonic Talismans: Music Downloading and the Tribal Landscape, Michael C. ZalotChapter 12. Magic, Myth, and Mayhem: Tribalization in the Digital Age, Leonie NaughtonPart IV: Cybercrime and Counterculture among Electronic TribesChapter 13. Mundanes at the Gate . . . and Perverts Within: Managing Internal and External Threats to Community Online, Steve Abrams and Smaragd GrunChapter 14. Brotherhood of Blood: Aryan Tribalism and Skinhead Cybercrews, Jody M. RoyChapter 15. Radical Tribes at Warre: Primitivists on the Net, Mathieu O'NeilChapter 16. A "Tribe" Migrates Crime to Cyberspace: Nigerian Igbos in 419 E-Mail Scams, Farooq A. Kperogi and Sandra DuheAbout the ContributorsIndex

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From to Nigerian e-mail scams, sixteen competitively selected essays inquire into the causes and consequences of the "tribes" that are facilitated by the Internet

About the Author

TYRONE L. ADAMS is the Richard D'Aquin Professor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. STEPHEN A. SMITH is Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas.


"The major contribution of this book is that the idea of 'tribe' is fully and robustly explicated in ways that challenge existing wisdom, particularly the idea that Internet users are best understood as communities... The richness of diverse research resources is evident in every chapter. I particularly commend the editors on the international perspective and the inclusion of such a surprising array of subcultures." H. L. Goodall Jr., Director, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

EAN: 9780292717749
ISBN: 0292717741
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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