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Fight club: culture, conflict and everyday life amongst an online 'community'

Fletcher, G, Campbell, J and Greenhill, A 2006, 'Fight club: culture, conflict and everyday life amongst an online 'community'' , International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2 (4) , pp. 474-489.

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Abstract

This paper examines a specific online community and the degree to which participants' association is constituted and reinforced through conflict. We sample the existing literature regarding online communities in an historical sense and critique the preponderance among these writings to advocate trust and consensus. Our argument is that much of the existing literature has a particular intellectual heritage that has heavily shaped contemporary understandings of online communities. Field examination of the community reveals the use of meaning-laden, often aggressive pseudonyms coupled with conversations that are openly belligerent and more pointedly a lack of general consensus. We conclude with the presentation of a research agenda for this field of research that argues for a nuanced reconnection to more 'traditional' sociological literature where conflict figures heavily.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: web-based community; organisational issues; conflict; social relations
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Web Based Communities
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers, Geneva, Switzerland
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14778394
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2008 09:09
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/858

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