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The Flow of Faith Online

Robert M. Geraci

in Virtually Sacred

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780199344697
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199374731 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.003.0004
The Flow of Faith Online

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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

Chapter.  12447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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