Class, Race, and Online Participation

Kendall Lori

in Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230361
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935983 | DOI:
Class, Race, and Online Participation

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This chapter discusses online class and race. The class backgrounds of BlueSky participants enable their participation in a variety of ways and allow them to use BlueSky to support and continue their middle-class status. In order for participants to create a middle-class cultural online space, they need to enact middle-class identities. While to identify readily what it means to perform a female or male identity, most mudders like other people within U.S. culture would not consider themselves to be performing middle-classness. The article points out, that class meanings and identities are created and expressed through interaction. Given that muds are limited to textual communication, participants must convey their class status through verbal exchange of information about their lives and backgrounds, along with patterns of speech, and so forth. It also examines participants' perceptions of their own racial identities and the racial character of BlueSky. Furthermore the chapter discusses how online spaces remain predominantly white in both demographics and culture.

Keywords: class; race; middle-class status; BlueSky; mudders; culture

Chapter.  13924 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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