Sociology Index

CYBERSPACE AND CYBERSOCIOLOGY

Cyberspace is a concept used to describe interconnected digital technology. The term Cyberspace is used by technology strategists, government, and industry leaders to describe the domain of the global technology environment, defined as standing for the global network of interdependent information technology infrastructures and telecommunications networks. Cybersociology is about cybercummunity and virtual community in cyberspace.

Cybersociology is a subdiscipline of sociology and studies the impact of hypertext and multimedia technologies on human thinking and learning. Cybersociology studies the social construction of the virtual world and norms in a globalized world due to ever increasing globalization. Studies of the social impact of the Internet must consider the social consequences, new forms of popular culture and its impact on people's lives.

Cybersociology also covers Cybercrime, Cybersecurity Law, Federal Economic Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Cybersociology examines the revolution in human interaction via computer. Most people in modern societies conceive the Web as real and this can lead to real consequences, according to Thomas's theorem. Cybersociology studies the contemporary revolution in human interaction through the medium of computer with the emergence of new languages of expression. Cybersociology encompasses a number of issues like technological determinism, encryption, intellectual property rights, decentralization, propaganda, activism and terrorism.

Cybersociology Abstracts

Construction of Cybersociology - XIA Xue-luan, Department of Sociology, Peking University. Cybersociety is both a social form and a social construction. As a social form, it is a product of progress in producing means and research object of historical materialism; as a social construction, it is an opposite of real society and research object of cybersociology. Based on dichotomy of cyberworld with real world analyze the nature of cybersociety and its differences with real society, the research object of cybersociology is its basic concepts. This paper on construction of cybersociology tries to outline the essential sketch of cybersociology and intend to do some fundamental work for rebuilding of postmodern sociology.

Visions of Excess: Cyberspace, Digital Technologies and New Cultural Politics - Stephen A. Webb Abstract: Critically situates contemporary concerns with cyberspace and digital media within a cultural dimension. The nature of cyberspace and an analytical index of its position in relation to its imaginary or real status. It is argued that cyberspace attracts two contradictory responses, first form being too true to life; and second for not being true enough.

The Iron Cage of the Information Society
By Frank Webster (Oxford Brooks University, UK) and Kevin Robins (University of Newcastle, UK)
Abstract: This paper offers an analysis and critique of recent thought about the information society.

Encoding/Decoding Cyberspace: Towards a Theoretical Framework for Exploring Cultural Diversity In and Out of the Net - David Silver - University of Maryland. Attempts to situate cyberspace within its proper historical and cultural context, focusing development and subsequent flourishing of cyberspace.

Cyberspace and Youth Cultural Styles - Brad Warren. - Deakin University, Australia 
Youth styles, especially spectacular subcultural styles such as Punk, Goth, Raver and so on, have been dramatically revitalised because of cyberspace. 

Living in virtual communities: an ethnography of human relationships in cyberspace - Denise Carter ABSTRACT: Outlines some of the issues involved in the development of human relationships in cyberspace.

"Digital Diversity and Multiculturalism in Cyberspace" - Ernest Wilson, Director 
Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland 
The context within which cyberspace is being constructed. What are the political, institutional and cultural implications of the 'digitalization' of double diversity?

The Post-Gender Identities as a Metaphor: Gender Construction in the Cyberspace - Jasna Koteska - Central European University, Budapest, Hungary - The construction of gender in the Cyberspace and the resulting identities.

Cybersociology - Journals

Cybersociology is a non-profit multi-disciplinary webzine dedicated to the critical discussion of the internet, cyberspace, cyberculture and life online.

The Information Society (TIS) journal is a key critical forum for leading edge analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, and methodologies related to information technologies and changes in society and culture. Information technologies include computers, telecommunications; the sites of social change include homelife, workplaces, schools, communities and diverse organizations, as well as new social forms in cyberspace.

Technological Forecasting and Social Change - A forum for those wishing to deal directly with the methodology and practice of technological forecasting and future studies as planning tools as they interrelate social, environmental and technological factors.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & PEOPLE - A leading publication providing a communication medium for academics and practitioners concerned with social and organizational issues in the design and use of information technology." 

Cybersociology - Bibliography

The Information Society: Cyber Dreams and Digital Nightmares Book by Robert Hassan.

Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age Book by David S. Wall.

The Digital Sublime : Myth, Power, and Cyberspace Book by Vincent Mosco.

Cyberspace, Distance Learning, and Higher Education In Developing Countries: Old and Emergent Issues Of Access, Pedagogy, and Knowledge Production..N'Dri T. Assie-Lumumba.

Communities in Cyberspace Book by Marc A. Smith (Editor), Peter Kollock (Editor).

Shaping the Network Society : The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace
Book by Douglas Schuler (Editor), Peter Day (Editor).

Virtual Politics : Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Politics and Culture) David Holmes.

Communicating Across Cultures In Cyberspace: A Bibliographical Review Of Intercultural Communication Online (Kommunikation Und Kulturen / Cultures and Communication. Book by Jorg Roche (Editor), Leah P. Macfadyen (Editor).

The Governance of Cyberspace: Politics, Technology and Global Restructuring Book by Brian Loader (Editor), Brian D. Loader (Editor).

Cyborgs@cyberspace? An Ethnographer Looks to the Future Book by David Hakken
Langdon Winner, author of The Whale and the Reactor.

Women@Internet : Creating New Cultures in Cyberspace Book by Wendy Harcourt.

Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching (Jossey Bass Higher and Adult Education Series) Book by Rena M. Palloff, Keith Pratt, Keith Pratt.

Cyberpower: The Culture and Politics of Cyberspace and the Internet Book by Tim Jordan.

Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment (The Hampton Press Communication Series. Communication and Public Space) 2nd edition Book by Lance Strate (Editor), Ron L. Jacobson (Editor), Stephonie B. Gibson (Editor). Ronald L. Jacobson (Editor), Stephanie B. Gibson (Editor).

No Room for Bullies: From the Classroom to Cyberspace Teaching Respect, Stopping Abuse, and Rewarding Kindness Book by Jose Bolton (Editor), Stan Graeve.

Cyberspace Divide: Equality, Agency and Policy in the Information Society Book by Brian D. Loader (Editor), Brian Loader (Editor).

Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace Book by Jodi Dean.

Mapping Cyberspace Book by Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin.

Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment (Theory, Culture and Society Series) Book by Mike Featherstone (Editor), Roger Burrows (Editor).

Religion And Cyberspace Book by Morten T. Hojsgaard (Editor), Margit Warburg (Editor).

From Celluloid to Cyberspace: The Media Arts and the Changing Arts World Book by Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth H. Ondaatje.

Living With Cyberspace: Technology & Society in the 21st Century Book by John Armitage (Editor), Joanne Roberts (Editor).

War of the Worlds: Cyberspace and the High-Tech Assault on Reality by Mark Slouka.

The Knowledge Landscapes of Cyberspace Book by David Hakken.

Writing the Public in Cyberspace: Redefining Inclusion on the Net (Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture) Ann Travers.