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Power relations in virtual communities: an ethnographic study

Nguyen, Lemai, Torlina, Luba, Peszynski, Konrad and Corbitt, Brain 2006, Power relations in virtual communities: an ethnographic study, Electronic research commerce, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 21-37, doi: 10.1007/s10660-006-5986-9.

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Title Power relations in virtual communities: an ethnographic study
Author(s) Nguyen, LemaiORCID iD for Nguyen, Lemai
Torlina, Luba
Peszynski, Konrad
Corbitt, Brain
Journal name Electronic research commerce
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 37
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of publication New York
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 1389-5753
Keyword(s) power relations
virtual community
knowledge management
national culture
Summary Peoples' need to socialize with others and greed for power can be best captured with Aristotle's description of human beings as “political animals”/“social animals.” This paper reports on observations of how cyber communities, such as Web-based forums and mailing lists, manifest themselves through social interactions and shared values, membership and friendship, and commitments and loyalty. The paper highlights the importance of power relations in these communities, how they are formed, exercised and evolve. This paper explores power relations as they emerge in two online Vietnamese communities and suggests a new understanding of the formation and evolution of power in virtual societies.
Notes Available online Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10660-006-5986-9
Field of Research 080606 Global Information Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006
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