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Title:Meaning and Identity in "Cyberspace": The Performance of Gender, Class, and Race Online
Author(s):Kendall, Lori
Subject(s):gender
class
race
online identity
Abstract:This article explores issues of gendered, classed and raced identities using examples drawn from my research on a type of online forum known as a mud. I critique previous accounts of research regarding identity online that have suggested that online interactions encourage greater identity fluidity and multiplicity. Drawing on examples from face-to-face interviews and online interaction, I discuss several aspects of identity. I emphasize the need to examine not just online performances, but also the participants' interpretations of such performances. Despite the potentially disruptive effects of online ambiguity, many participants continue to believe in essence and continuity of identity.
Issue Date:1998
Publisher:JAI Press, Inc.
Citation Info:Symbolic Interaction, v. 21, n. 2, 1998, pp. 129-153.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18827
ISSN:0195-6086
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-04-14


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