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Power relations in cyber communities

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lemai NguyenLemai Nguyen, Lioubov Torlina, Konrad Peszynski, B Corbitt
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.

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1 - 13

Location

Turku, Finland

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  • Yes

Start date

2004-06-14

End date

2004-06-16

ISBN-13

9789515641922

ISBN-10

9515641926

Language

eng

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2004, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration

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