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Geographies of Media

Inhabiting Cyberspace and Emerging Cyberplaces

The Case of Siena, Italy

Authors: Boos, Tobias

  • Provides an accessible and succinct overview of current discussions on cyberspace as related to community and place
  • Introduces a phenomenological approach to the discussion, a novel contribution which has not been represented in debates up to now
  • The theoretical and empirical findings of this text will inspire future research on communities and neighbourhoods to take into account the web presence (e.g. websites, online museums, and online maps) of these social orders
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About this book

This book explores the concept of cyberplace as a mode of inhabiting the contemporary world. As a result, it suggests that, for many communities, unlocking cyberspace and inhabiting cyberplaces is now an integral part of their coming-to-the-globalised-world. 
Boos reviews in the detail the existing academic literature from cultural anthropology, human geography, and sociology on “cyberspace”, concluding that a phenomenological perspective on cyberspace provides the possibility of gaining a deep understanding of our contemporary lifeworlds, in which on- and offline practices constantly intermingle. In four chapters, he applies the developed theoretical and methodological approaches to the case of Siena’s neighbourhoods, the contrade, analysing their websites and discussing the implications of his findings for understanding contemporary processes of community building and for future research on cyberspace.
This concise and accessible book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars in cultural anthropology, human geography, media studies and sociology.

About the authors

Tobias Boos is scientific assistant for cultural and social geography at the Institute of Geography at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. His research interests are diaspora studies, urban festival and the relation between processes of community building and new media.

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“An overdue study on the relationship between on- and offline lifeworlds which is of interdisciplinary appeal. Beyond its strong theoretical and methodological approaches the book shows how Siena's contrade appropriate cyberspace weaving a web of web-pages and in this way humanize such a powerful and multimedia communication tool.” (Fabio Mugnaini, Associate Professor, Storia delle tradizioni popolari, University of Siena)

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-58453-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inhabiting Cyberspace and Emerging Cyberplaces
Book Subtitle
The Case of Siena, Italy
Authors
Series Title
Geographies of Media
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58454-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58454-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58453-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 135
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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