Virtual territorialities. Identity, ownership and sense of belonging in multiuser online environments
Keywords: Multi-user online environments, multi-territoriality, place, identity
AbstractThis paper discusses internet mediated communication and the contemporary rearticulation of territorial links in three types of multi-user online environments: chat rooms, social network systems and 3D graphic worlds. Interviewees spoke about creation or participation in online representations of physical places (countries, cities, public places, etc). Results confirm the existence of identity and utilitarian links to this type of virtual place and indicate the existence of multiple and complex territorial links, mostly due to the intense geographical mobility of users of online multi-user environments and, on the other, to the historical and identity constitution which differentiates virtual places from their physical counterparts.
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Fragoso, S., Rebs, R., & Barth, D. (2011). Virtual territorialities. Identity, ownership and sense of belonging in multiuser online environments. MATRIZes, 5(1), 211-225. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v5i1p211-225