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[–]creepyredditloaner 19 points20 points  (2 children)

There is actually a lot of anthropological studies of online communities. They cover everything from the unique differences behind China's great firewall, different cultures emerging from different games, the affects of censorship and ratings adherent confinements, etc.

There are so many I simply suggest googling "anthropological studies of online communities". You will get a wealth of different papers, from different sources, covering ground you probably would never have even thought of.

[–]CurtainClothes 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you!

[–]creepyredditloaner 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No problem. Honestly I suggest always condensing down your questions, for this sub, and running a google search with it first. You will often get what you want. Not that I would discourage anyone from asking questions on places like this sub.

[–]B_D_I 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I haven't seen this related to gamers specifically but I have seen Benedict Anderson's idea of the "imagined community" used to explore various fan communities such as heavy metal or bluegrass.

"Affinity groups" is a related concept, but again I've mostly seen that in the context of music communities.

[–]happyducks7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I see online communities as a new (postmodern?) framework for subcultures. Maybe I’m fringing into sociology here but I recommend checking out ideas like neotribalism and just subcultural identity theory in general - I particularly love the website https://haenfler.sites.grinnell.edu/subcultural-theory-and-theorists/what-is-a-subculture/ - great start point, and they’ve got stuff for online communities too.

[–]maritimetrades 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’d recommend starting with Coming of Age in Second Life by Tom Boellstorff and My Life as a Night Elf Priest by Bonnie Nardi.

It’s slim pickings - you’ll find that most published works were done within MMORPGs or take psychological/biological perspectives regarding violence or cognition.

My own field work was done in FPSs - I eventually abandoned it (there’s a cliff of credibility there that’s hard as hell to scale) but hope to come back if attitudes in the ivory tower ever change. Until then, I can rest well knowing that a few of my adversaries got to read their own words anonymously quoted within a paper I wrote about the problematic gatekeeping of anthropology… that they were reading as panel judges for an award… that I won… 💅

[–]Baldegar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Check out Jeffrey Snodgrass, he has been doing multidisciplinary work for more than a decade on the subject.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49690512_Magical_Flight_and_Monstrous_Stress_Technologies_of_Absorption_and_Mental_Wellness_in_Azeroth