Virtual Communities: Online Technologies and Ethnographic Practice
Traditionally the fieldwork of cultural anthropologists has been based on face-to-face interaction with informants that typically belong to a local community. However, communities now exist in globally distributed, virtual spaces. Anthropologists are faced with the question of how to respond to these recent developments in their research. This course aims to introduce you to being an ethnographer in virtual communities.
Within the dimensions of the virtual and the physical space we will address three major areas: methodology, theory, and digital technology.
Digital technologies included are:
Claudia A Engel
office: building 110-111D
email: cengel at stanford
office hours tues 2-4
Time & Place
"..the universe of virtual communities seems to grow larger and larger as one's imagination stretches to accommodate the knowledge of what is happening right now. Discovering the existence and depth of this worldwide subculture is a little like discovering a previously unknown continent, teeming with unfamiliar forms of life." (H. Rheingold - The Virtual Community)
last updated 09/17/06