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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (17 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415191408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415191401
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If this volume were a restaurant or a hotel, it would deserve "five stars".' -- Rebecca G ADams, Contemporary Sociology, November 1999

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1999
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As a postgrad undertaking a social science analysis of issues relating to the Internet, I have found this to be the best overall summary of the subject. It covers a broad range of topics, and does not get bogged down in utopian nonsense. It is also very well written, which is not something I can say about most books I have read about the Internet.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A good resource for writers and academics 21 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers four main areas in regards to online communities: identity, social order and control, community structure and dynamics, and collective action.
Like many other texts on community, this book tends to focus on older technologies, i.e. Usenet, and MUDs/MOOs. That said, it contains a lot of good analysis done in these areas, and can provide good background for writing about online community. Note that the articles tend to be from the perspective of sociology. The strongest articles, in my opinion, were chapter 2, "Identity and deception in the virtual community," chapter 7, "Virtual communities as communities: Net surfers don't ride alone," and chapter 10, "The promise and peril of social action in cyberspace."
If you are interested in building a community or just in the ideas of online communities, this is probably not the best book for you -- it's pretty academic. Check out Jenny Preece's _Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability_ as an alternative.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Really good one for researchers 12 July 2001
By Raquel da Cunha Recuero - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good articles above important aspects of virtual communities like identity, gender, sociability and other stuff written by people that really knows about the subject, famous researchers. If you are a researcher, you'll love it.
11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Lost in (cyber)space? 17 Mar. 2000
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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I was introduced to this book because my enlightened sociology prof used it as a text for our discussions of sociology and cyberspace.
Some intellectually stimulating articles, like Jodi O'Brien's discussion of gender. It was very stimulating . . . However, the book was far too focused on issues relating to North America and the West generally. What about the rest of the world?
Some sections were extremely dull. This is exciting stuff, why must people pervert it into intellectual cheeseburgers?
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