Hanging out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online

Hanging out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online

Hanging out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online

Hanging out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online

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"Not since Turkle's Life on the Screen has a book come along that so richly integrates description of an online culture with its habitues' offline lives and identities."--Susan C. Herring, author of "Computer-Mediated Communication

"This stunning ethnographic study of social life in a cyber-village cuts a brilliant swath through the spam of techno-enthusiasm and techno-terror that this subject too often evokes in cultural critics. An intrepid but empathic feminist interloper in the locker-room culture of an online MUD, Kendall explores how men and women continue to perform gender and racial identities and hierarchies behind the cyber-curtain. This imaginative, engaging book sets a new standard for examining the impact of computer culture on our social lives. There is nothing virtual about Kendall's talent."--Judith Stacey, author of "Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth-Century America

"Kendall's masterful storytelling and analysis of the BlueSky online forum proves the Internet can provide us with a virtual Third Place, the equivalent of one of Oldenburg's Great Good Places where community is formed, maintained, and revitalized. Her singular understanding of the space she examines and her knowledge of cyberspace research combine to give us the most thorough account yet of social interaction online."--Steve Jones, author of "CyberSociety and "Doing Internet Research

"This readable, enjoyable, and lively book provides a fascinating look into a world not known by many."--Peter Nardi, author of "Gay Men's Friendships: Invincible Communities

""Hanging Out at the Virtual Pub provides a richly detailed and theoretically mediated understanding of gender'ssignificance in online-game playing. This examination of the behavior of educated techno-elites helps us understand communities and larger social trends. Kendall's vision is neither utopian nor dystopian. People should buy t

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