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The Handbook of Internet Studies

Mia Consalvo (Editor), Charles Ess (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-4238-3
512 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Internet Studies brings together scholars from a variety of fields to explore the profound shift that has occurred in how we communicate and experience our world as we have moved from the industrial era into the age of digital media. 
  • Presents a wide range of original essays by established scholars in everything from online ethics to ways in which indigenous peoples now use the Internet
  • Looks at the role of the internet in modern societies, and the continuing development of internet studies as an academic field
  • Explores Internet studies through history, society, culture, and the future of online media
  • Provides introductory frameworks to ground and orientate the student, while also providing more experienced scholars with a convenient and comprehensive overview of the latest trends and critical directions in the many areas of Internet research
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Notes on Editors and Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction: What is “Internet Studies”? 1
Charles Ess and Mia Consalvo

Part I Beyond the Great Divides? A Primer on Internet Histories, Methods, and Ethics 9

Introduction to Part I 11
Charles Ess

1 Studying the Internet Through the Ages 17
Barry Wellman

2 Web Archiving – Between Past, Present, and Future 24
Niels Brügger

3 New Media, Old Methods – Internet Methodologies and the Online/Offline Divide 43
Klaus Bruhn Jensen

4 The Internet in Everyday Life: Exploring the Tenets and Contributions of Diverse Approaches 59
Maria Bakardjieva

5 Internet Research Ethics: Past, Present, and Future 83
Elizabeth A. Buchanan

Part II Shaping Daily Life: The Internet and Society 109

Introduction to Part II 111
Mia Consalvo

6 Assessing the Internet’s Impact on Language 117
Naomi S. Baron

7 Internet Policy 137
Sandra Braman

8 Political Discussion Online 168
Jennifer Stromer-Galley and Alexis Wichowski

9 Does the Internet Empower? A Look at the Internet and International Development 188
Deborah L. Wheeler

10 Internet and Health Communication 212
Lorna Heaton

11 Internet and Religion 232
Heidi Campbell

12 Indigenous Peoples on the Internet 251
Laurel Dyson

13 Queering Internet Studies: Intersections of Gender and Sexuality 270
Janne Bromseth and Jenny Sundén

Part III Internet and Culture 301

Introduction to Part III 303
Mia Consalvo

14 Community and the Internet 309
Lori Kendall

15 MOOs to MMOs: The Internet and Virtual Worlds 326
Mia Consalvo

16 Internet, Children, and Youth 348
Sonia Livingstone

17 Internet and Games 369
T. L. Taylor

18 Social Networks 2.0 384
Nancy K. Baym

19 Newly Mediated Media: Understanding the Changing Internet Landscape of the Media Industries 406
P. David Marshall

20 Online Pornography: Ubiquitous and Effaced 424
Susanna Paasonen

21 Music and the Internet 440
Steve Jones

22 Why and How Online Sociability Became Part and Parcel of Teenage Life 452
Marika Lüders

Index 470

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Mia Consalvo is Canada Research Chair in Game Studies & Design at Concordia University, Canada.

Charles Ess is Associate Professor in Media Studies in the Department of Media and Communication at University of Oslo, Norway.

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  • Presents a wide range of original essays by established scholars in everything from the online ethics to ways in which indiginous peoples now use the Internet
  • Looks at the role of the internet in modern societies, and the continuing development of internet studies as an academic field

  • Explores Internet studies through history, society, culture, and the future of online media
  • Provides introductory frameworks to ground and orientate the student, while also providing more experienced scholars with a convenient and comprehensive overview of the latest trends and critical directions in the many areas of Internet research
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“Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.”  (Choice, 1 April 2012)

 "Together, the comprehensive and quite thought-provoking individual essays provide richly insightful perspectives into the extent to which the internet is hsaping and being shaped by human cultures and societies, and the various ways in which scholars might consider and approach such processes."
(Digital Journalism, 14 June 2013)

"The editors of the Handbook of Internet Studies are to be congratulated on creating a state-of-the art collection that represents and celebrates the diversity of theoretical and disciplinary approaches marking this brave new field. A new must-have reference book for Internet Studies." Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of Illinois

"This indispensable volume reflects the complexity of Internet studies--indeed, the Internet itself--by bringing together a diverse set of voices, geographies, disciplines, and arguments. It is not only an important resource for practitioners, but will also spark the curiosity of those on the edges of the field, including humanists, social scientists, and engineers alike."  Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin

"The Handbook of Internet Studies is a comprehensive and useful volume that will appeal to students, teachers and researchers. It provides a welcome survey of the still-emerging field of Internet Studies and can readily serve as a jumping-off point for further exploration. I highly recommend it to those who have been following the field since its emergence in the 1990s as well as to those new to the field." Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Of all media, the internet holds the most wide-ranging, deep and complex depiction of contemporary society. If you want to understand today’s society, you need to study the internet. This handbook is landmark, documenting that internet studies have now come of age.”  Niels Ole Finnemann, Aarhus University, Denmark

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