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Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Living and Dying in a Virtual World

Digital Kinships, Nostalgia, and Mourning in Second Life

Authors: Gibson, Margaret, Carden, Clarissa

  • Recognises the social transformations of the digital revolution in identity, death and grief rituals
  • Asks the reader to think about the multiplicity of places in which people now make a life with others through avatar based identities and bodies
  • Introduces evocative ideas such as the association between nostalgia and the digital
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About this book

This book takes readers into stories of love, loss, grief and mourning and reveals the emotional attachments and digital kinships of the virtual 3D social world of Second Life. At fourteen years old, Second Life can no longer be perceived as the young, cutting-edge environment it once was, and yet it endures as a place of belonging, fun, role-play and social experimentation.  In this volume, the authors argue that far from facing an impending death, Second Life has undergone a transition to maturity and holds a new type of significance. As people increasingly explore and co-create a sense of self and ways of belonging through avatars and computer screens, the question of where and how people live and die becomes increasingly more important to understand. This book shows how a virtual world can change lives and create forms of memory, nostalgia and mourning for both real and avatar based lives.

About the authors

Margaret Gibson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences at Griffith University, Australia. She is a leading international researcher on physical and digital mourning, memory and memorialisation.
Clarissa Carden is a PhD Candidate in Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences at Griffith University, Australia. Her research explores the way in which morals and traditions respond to changing circumstances.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76099-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76098-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Living and Dying in a Virtual World
Book Subtitle
Digital Kinships, Nostalgia, and Mourning in Second Life
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76099-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76099-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76098-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 154
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics