Campbell, J, Fletcher, G and Greenhill, A 2009, 'Conflict and identity shape shifting in an online financial community' , Information Systems Journal, 19 , pp. 461-478.
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This paper challenges traditional explorations of online communities that have relied upon assumptions of trust and social cohesion. In the analysis presented here, conflict becomes more than just dysfunctional communication and provides an alternative set of unifying principles and rationales for understanding social interaction and identity shape shifting within an online community. A model is advanced that describes the systematic techniques of hostility and aggression in technologically enabled communities that take the form of contemporary tribalism. It is argued that this tribe-like conflict embodies important rituals essential for maintaining and defining the contradictory social roles sometimes found in online environments. This research offers a critical interpretive perspective that focuses on the link between identity shape shifting behaviours and the power relations within an online financial community. The analysis reveals how conflict between positions of power can help to align the values and ideals of an online community. With this study we seek to motivate a re-examination of the design and governance of online communities.
|Additional Information:||John Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org Anita Greenhill: A.Greenhill@manchester.ac.uk|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||online communities, character theory, conflict, identity shape shifting, finance|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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|Schools:||Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Information Systems Journal|
|Depositing User:||Gordon Fletcher|
|Date Deposited:||15 Oct 2009 14:01|
|Last Modified:||29 Oct 2015 00:48|
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