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Cyberidentities At War

The Moluccan Conflict on the Internet

Birgit Bräuchler
Translated from the German by Jeremy Gaines

434 pages, 20 illus, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-854-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (March 2013)

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This is a highly interesting study of the way three internet sites operated in the Moluccan violent conflict over a number of years…The book offers a wealth of information about the Moluccan conflict and provides an in-depth study of the new media that make current conflicts so much more complex. Moreover, there are few long-term studies of the use of cyberspace.”  ·  Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institute, Halle/Saale

Conflicting parties worldwide increasingly use the Internet in a strategic way, and struggles carried out on a local level achieve a new dimension. This new kind of medialization results in a conflict’s expansion into global cyberspace. Based on ethnographic research on the online activities of Christian and Muslim actors in the Moluccan conflict (1999–2003), this study investigates processes of identity construction, community building and evolving conflict dynamics on the Internet. In contributing to conflict and Internet research, this study paves the way for a new cyberanthropology. A newly added epilogue outlines the directions in which the situation in the Moluccas has continued and discusses the advances and developments of theoretical and methodological concerns presented in the 2005 German edition.

Birgit Bräuchler teaches at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.  She is editor of Reconciling Indonesia (Routledge 2009), co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (Berghahn Books 2010), and has published several book chapters and articles on media and cyberanthropology, conflict and peace studies, cultural rights and the revival of tradition.

Subject: Media Studies General Anthropology Peace & Conflict Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific

LC: DS646.67.B73 2013

BL: YC.2013.a.8455

BISAC: SOC052000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Media Studies; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/General

BIC: JFD Media studies; JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1. Cybertheoretical Foundations
Chapter 2. Anthropological Internet Research and Methodology
Chapter 3. The Moluccan Conflict
Chapter 4. The Masariku Mailing List – An Example of an Online Community
Chapter 5. The CCDA Newsletter – Online to the International Community
Chapter 6. The FKAWJ Online – Jihad in Cyberspace
Chapter 7. Textual and Visual Argumentation in Moluccan Cyberspace
Chapter 8. Cyber Strategies
Chapter 9. Cyber Actors Online and Offline
Chapter 10. Cyberidentities at War – Summary, Conclusion, Perspectives

Epilogue

Bibliography

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