Virtual territorialities. Identity, ownership and sense of belonging in multiuser online environments

  • Suely Fragoso Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Rebeca Recuero Rebs Unisinos
  • Daiani Ludmila Barth Universidade Federal de Rondônia
Keywords: Multi-user online environments, multi-territoriality, place, identity

Abstract

This 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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Author Biographies

Suely Fragoso, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Professora dos Cursos de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação e Informação, Pós-Graduação em Design e Graduação em Design da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Rebeca Recuero Rebs, Unisinos
Doutoranda do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Comunicação da Unisinos. Bolsista CAPES.
Daiani Ludmila Barth, Universidade Federal de Rondônia
Professora Assistente da Universidade Federal de Rondônia, UNIR. Departamento de Jornalismo
Published
2011-12-15
How to Cite
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
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Em Pauta/Agenda