Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
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. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in love--the possibilities are endless, and all encountered through a computer screen. Coming of Age in Second Life is the first book of anthropology to examine this thriving alternate universe.
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. He conducted his research as the avatar "Tom Bukowski," and applied the rigorous methods of anthropology to study many facets of this new frontier of human life, including issues of gender, race, sex, money, conflict and antisocial behavior, the construction of place and time, and the interplay of self and group.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hereandthere - LibraryThing
Before I read Boellstorff, I registered for Second Life and spent a few hours in the last week just to see what it was about. I remain absolutely clueless. I'm trying to imagine what real life ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
Not a popular-science book but a serious ethnographical treatise. As a non-user, I think I gleaned a worthwhile knowledge of the Second Life virtual world, which I nuttily wish were a primitive-to-the ... Read full review