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Living and Dying in a Virtual World

Digital Kinships, Nostalgia, and Mourning in Second Life

  • Margaret Gibson
  • Clarissa Carden

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 1-22
  3. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 23-49
  4. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 51-77
  5. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 79-106
  6. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 107-125
  7. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 127-143
  8. Margaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
    Pages 145-151
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 153-154

About this book

Introduction

This book takes readers into stories of love, loss, grief and mourning and reveals the emotional attachments and digital kinships of the virtual 3D social world of Second Life. At fourteen years old, Second Life can no longer be perceived as the young, cutting-edge environment it once was, and yet it endures as a place of belonging, fun, role-play and social experimentation.  In this volume, the authors argue that far from facing an impending death, Second Life has undergone a transition to maturity and holds a new type of significance. As people increasingly explore and co-create a sense of self and ways of belonging through avatars and computer screens, the question of where and how people live and die becomes increasingly more important to understand. This book shows how a virtual world can change lives and create forms of memory, nostalgia and mourning for both real and avatar based lives.

Keywords

digital social mortality new media grief digital kinship second life virtual world

Authors and affiliations

  • Margaret Gibson
    • 1
  • Clarissa Carden
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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