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Grievable Lives

  • Margaret Gibson
  • Clarissa Carden
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

In the context of the complex forms of kinship existing within a mature social world like Second Life, this chapter argues that the lives lived within Second Life are themselves meaningful and grievable, even as separate from the embodied life required for their operation. Although a second life is dependent on the physical existence and consciousness behind the computer screen, a second life is not reducible to an extension of a “real life.” Avatars within Second Life form relationships, develop hobbies, and engage in the everyday minutiae of living. This, we argue, makes possible the existence of virtual lives that are real, fulfilling, and grievable on their own terms.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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