segunda-feira, 1 de julho de 2013 #causabrasil

Pelo que o Brasil protesta? #causabrasil

São várias as interpretações e possibilidades de análise possíveis a partir desta plataforma que identifica, agrupa e categoriza, sistematicamente, as menções feitas nas principais redes sociais (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) relativas aos protestos nas ruas das cidades brasileiras desde 16 de junho.  Para aqueles que se interessam pelas dinâmicas sociais estabelecidas nestes espaços, sobretudo pelas expressões de ativismo político ou ciberativismo, a plataforma pode ser uma porta de entrada frutífera para vários estudos e reflexões. Clique na imagem para acessar o site.

sexta-feira, 14 de junho de 2013 Encontros com o pós-humano

 

No primeiro número da Revista Nautilus, segue este interessante artigo sobre o “pós-humano”, bioengenharia e os hibridismos entre corpos e máquinas. A revista tem como propósito discutir a ciência sob múltiplas perspectivas, com um tópico por mês.

 

segunda-feira, 10 de junho de 2013 Christine Hine – Conference

Para aqueles que ainda não assistiram, segue o link (clique na imagem) para a conferência Virtual ethnography, mediation and the textures of lived social experience, proferida por C. Hine no II CONGRESO ONLINE DEL OBSERVATORIO PARA LA CIBERSOCIEDAD (2006-2007). 


 

 

sexta-feira, 7 de junho de 2013 Biblioteca online

Virtual (Br)others and (Re)sisters – Authentic Black Fraternity and Sorority Identity on the Internet

Matthew W. Hughey

Publicado originalmente em Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Volume 37, Number 5, October 2008: 528-560.

Recently, the Internet has become the focus of immense speculation regarding the social construction of identity and cultural “authenticity.” However, examinations of virtual communities such as blogs, multiuser domains, and chat rooms have largely ignored nonwhite, especially African American, virtual communities (VCs). Through participant observation, content analysis, and personal interviews, this article analyzes a VC dedicated to members of African American fraternities and sororities, generally referred to as black
Greek letter organizations (BGLOs). Findings show that BGLO virtual authenticity is accomplished via (1) the making of “brothers” and “others” based on symbolic boundaries of exclusion and inclusion and (2) the deployment of themes of resistance based on emotions of both sufferance and success. Implications suggest that interrogations of how virtuality constrains and enables processes of “authentic” racial identity formation as well as configurations of racist narratives and ideologies can yield added insights regarding the raced character of structure/agency, symbolic boundaries, and the social use of emotions.
Keywords: racial identity; Internet; Greek (fraternity and sorority); symbolic boundaries; emotions

Fonte: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, v. 37, n. 5, oct. 2008: 528-560

Autor: Matthew W. Hughey

quarta-feira, 5 de junho de 2013 Biblioteca online

Excavating Second Life: Cyber-Archaeologies, Heritage and Virtual Communities

RODNEY HARRISON

Publicado originalmente em Journal of Material Culture, vol. 14, n.1, 2009: 75–106. Londres: SAGE Publications.

 

Abstract:

While the anthropology of online communities has emerged as a significant area of research, there has been little discussion of the possibilities of the archaeology of virtual settlements, defined here as interactive synthetic environments in which users are sensually immersed and which respond to user input. Bartle (in Designing Virtual Worlds, 2003: 1) has described such virtual settlements as ‘places where the imaginary meets the real’. In this sense, an examination of the role of heritage in virtual settlements has the potential to shed light on the role of heritage in both ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ communities more generally. This article develops the concept of ‘cyberarchaeology’ (originally devised by Jones in his 1997 article, ‘Virtual Communities’) to study the virtual material culture of the settlement Second Life, and in particular, its explicit programme of heritage conservation. A survey of heritage places in Second Life suggests that the functions of heritage in virtual settlements may be far more limited than in the actual world, functioning primarily as a structure of governance and control through the establishment of the rationale for (virtual) land ownership and the production of a sense of community through memorials which produce a sense of ‘rootedness’ and materialize social memory. Such functions of heritage are consistent with recent discussion of the role of heritage in western societies. Nonetheless, this study of heritage and cyber-archaeology provides insights into the ways in which the notions of heritage are transforming in the early 21st century in connection with the proliferation of virtual environments, and the challenge this provides to contemporary society.

Key Words: ◆ community ◆ cyber-archaeology ◆ heritage ◆ Second Life ◆ virtual settlements

Fonte: Journal of Material Culture, vol. 14(1): 75?106 Copyright © 2009

Autor: Rodney Harrison

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