Cyberidentities at War

Cyberidentities at War : the Moluccan Conflict on the Internet

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Conflicting parties worldwide increasingly use the internet in a strategic way, and conflicts carried out on a local level achieve a new dimension. This new kind of medialization results in a conflict's expansion into global cyberspace. Based on ethnographic research on the online activities of Christian and Muslim actors in the Moluccan conflict (1999-2003), this study investigates processes of identity construction, community building, and evolving conflict dynamics on the internet. An innovative contribution to conflict and internet research, this study paves the way for a new cyber anthropology. A newly added epilogue outlines the directions in which the situation in the Moluccas has continued and discusses the advances and developments of theoretical and methodological concerns presented in the 2005 German more

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  • Hardback | 460 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 699.99g
  • Berghahn Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 ills, 2 tables
  • 085745854X
  • 9780857458544
  • 830,672

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"This is a highly interesting study of the way three internet sites operated in the Moluccan violent conflict over a number of years - The book offers a wealth of information about the Moluccan conflict and provides an in-depth study of the new media that make current conflicts so much more complex. Moreover, there are few long-term studies of the use of cyberspace." * Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institute, Halle/Saaleshow more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations and Tables Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1. Cybertheoretical Foundations Chapter 2. Anthropological Internet Research and Methodology Chapter 3. The Moluccan Conflict Chapter 4. The Masariku Mailing List - An Example of an Online Community Chapter 5. The CCDA Newsletter - Online to the International Community Chapter 6. The FKAWJ Online - Jihad in Cyberspace Chapter 7. Textual and Visual Argumentation in Moluccan Cyberspace Chapter 8. Cyber Strategies Chapter 9. Cyber Actors Online and Offline Chapter 10. Cyberidentities at War - Summary, Conclusion, Perspectives Epilogue Bibliographyshow more

About Birgit Brauchler

Birgit Brauchler teaches at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Her main research interests are media and cyberanthropology, conflict and peace studies, cultural rights, and the revival of tradition. She is editor of Reconciling Indonesia (Routledge 2009), co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (Berghahn Books 2010), and has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the editing of special journal more