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Virtually SacredMyth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life$
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Robert M. Geraci

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199344697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.001.0001

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The Flow of Faith Online

The Flow of Faith Online

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(p.101) 4 The Flow of Faith Online
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Virtually Sacred
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Robert M. Geraci

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.003.0004

This chapter offers a brief interpretation of Second Life and its history, culminating in three primary issues: the ways residents think about themselves and their avatars; the potential for residents to experience religious feelings online; and the construction and maintenance of social groups through the use of virtual objects and cyberspace connections. To explore these issues, the chapter follows debates in online identity (including that between immersion and augmentation) and applies actor-network theory to virtual world study. This chapter also explores some aspects of the author’s virtual ethnography in Second Life.

Keywords:   Actor-network theory, Immersion and augmentation, Online identity, Second Life, Virtual ethnography, Virtual objects

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