Tom Boellstorff. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds.
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Tom Boellstorff. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds. Tom Boellstorff conducted more than two years of fieldwork in Second Life, living among and observing its residents in exactly the same way anthropologists traditionally have done to learn about cultures and social groups in the so-called real world.
Coming of Age in Second Life shows how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself. There's an almost tangible depth to his analysis that makes it really stand out.
This is just the kind of portrait of a virtual world that I've been waiting to see for years: a full-blooded, book-length tour de force. Bartle, author of Designing Virtual Worlds. It is sure to become the basis for a new conversation about how we study these spaces.
It is impossible to read this book and not come away asking questions about how our lives are being transformed in very real ways by what is happening in the virtual. He presses the inventive and compelling claim that anthropologists would do well to imagine culture itself as already harboring the notion of the virtual.
Boellstorff argues that being 'virtually human' is what we have been all along. Tom Boellstorff Preface by Tom Boellstorff. Illus: 24 halftones. Overview Author s Reviews 3. Tom Boellstorff is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.
Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
In the book, Boellstorff, or Tom Bukowski his SL avatar , dedicates the first section to outlining the history of virtual worlds before turning to the methodological approach he undertook to conduct his fieldwork. In section two, the author examines the culture of second life under the chapter headings of a place and time b personhood c intimacy and d community. Within the first sub-section, Boellstorff underlines the importance of the visual aspects of Second Life and how a sense of place, increased through landscape and home-ownership, is fundamental to residents. He also comes to understand how sociality is a key reason why the majority of residents remain in Second Life and that this is largely due to the possibility for synchronous interaction with other residents. The effects of lag and afk on social interaction are discussed. The section also looks at embodiment and how this is used by physically disabled in the actual world as well as race and gender. Within the section on intimacy, the author investigates language within SL.
Summary: Coming of Age in Second Life – Boellstorff, T. (2008)