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Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral Considerations in Niche Online Communities

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Online communities continue to evolve as more people take on a virtual presence. This shift in online communities and the diversity of individuals populating the web has allowed for the emergence of virtual communities centered on niche topics of interests ranging from heavy metal music to indigenous and native culture. Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral Considerations in Niche Online Communities examines the presence of online communities centered around niche topics of interest and the impact of these virtual spaces on community members. Taking perspectives from interdisciplinary fields such as sociology, psychology, and education, this publication will appeal to educators, psychologists, behaviorists, students, and researchers interested in the impact of virtual communities on individuals as well as the opportunities these online communities present.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
    2. LIST OF REVIEWERS
  6. Foreword
    1. INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY LIFE IN MEDIA
    2. LIVING IN MEDIA
    3. COMMUNITY LIFE IN MEDIA
  7. Preface
    1. THE PRESENT IS NICHE
    2. LEARNING IS NICHE
    3. CREATING IS NICHE
    4. CURRENT ISSUES WITH NICHE
    5. RESEARCHING NICHE
    6. THE FUTURE IS NICHE
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Introduction
    1. WHAT IS NICHE?
    2. PROPOSITION ONE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ONLINE LEARNING “IN GENERAL”
    3. PROPOSITION TWO: ONLINE RELATIONS ARE EXTERNAL TO THEIR TERMS
    4. PROPOSITION THREE: NICHE ONLINE FORMATIONS CONSTITUTE ‘PUBLICS’
    5. WHAT THEN, IS NICHE?
  10. Section 1: Art and Art Education
    1. Chapter 1: The Art of Gaming
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. FINDINGS
      5. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Gleaning Strategies for Knowledge Sharing and Collective Assessment in the Art Classroom from the Videogame, “Little Big Planet’s Creator Spotlights”
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE
      4. METHODOLOGY AND RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Informal Visual Networks1
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. ‘ANALOGUE GROUPS:’ FAN ARTISTS AND GRAFFITI WRITERS
      5. ‘DIGITAL’ GROUPS: SOCIAL NETWORKERS AND GAMERS
      6. MUSIC GROUPS: POP MUSICIANS
      7. DEFINING INFORMAL VISUAL NETWORKS
      8. CONCLUSION AND DISCUSSION
    4. Chapter 4: Constructing Quilts, Online Communities, and Quilter Legacies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. RESULTS
      6. REFLECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Niche and Community Online
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PEDAGOGY AND NICHE ONLINE COMMUNITIES
      4. INOPERATIVE COMMUNITY
      5. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP WITHIN NEOLIBERALISM
      6. ARTISTIC INTERVENTION ONLINE
      7. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
  11. Section 2: Feminist Perspective
    1. Chapter 6: Levelling (Up) the Playing Field
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODOLOGY
      4. IDENTITY
      5. LEARNING
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 7: Gendered Subjectivities and Cyberspace Dialogues in Lebanon
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. OBJECTIVES
      5. SAMPLING AND METHODOLOGY
      6. RESULTS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. APPENDIX
    3. Chapter 8: Women Milbloggers
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
      4. POLITICS OF WRITING: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF A SELECTION OF WOMEN MILBLOGS
      5. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 9: Re-Envisioning a Heroine’s Journey
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE
      4. A CASE OF THREE WOMEN
      5. SUMMARIZING THE WOMAN’S JOURNEY
  12. Section 3: Pedagogy and Learning
    1. Chapter 10: Citizenship @ the Edge of Two Worlds
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTEXT: A LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. DISCUSSION: POSSIBILITIES AND PITFALLS OF THE CONNECTION
      5. RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FINAL REFLECTION
    2. Chapter 11: Social Presence in Online Dissertation Classes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE
      4. BODY OF THE CHAPTER
      5. FINDINGS
      6. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 12: Ratchet Head Pedagogy
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTEXT
      4. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
      5. BODY OF THE CHAPTER
      6. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 13: Citizen In/Action
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. FINAL REFLECTION
  13. Section 4: Community and Identity
    1. Chapter 14: Technology Stewarding as a Medium to Develop and Sustain Niche Online Communities
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTEXT
      4. BODY OF THE CHAPTER
      5. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 15: The Process of Weeding Out
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RHIZOMES
      4. THE RHIZOMATIC
      5. RHIZOMES AND : CHANGE AND COMMUNITY
      6. THE PROCESS OF WEEDING OUT
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 16: Some People Aren’t People on the Inside
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REFLECTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS
      4. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 17: The Online Community of Second Life and the Residents of Virtual Ability Island
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE SECOND LIFE COMMUNITY
      4. TELEPORTING TO VIRTUAL ABILITY ISLAND
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 18: Becoming Anonymous
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. APPROACH AND RATIONALE
      4. METHODOLOGY AND METHODS
      5. DATA COLLECTION AND STRATEGIES OF ANALYSIS
      6. WHAT IS ANONYMOUS?
      7. BACKGROUND
      8. TRANSFIGURATIONS: MAN, MOVIE, MEME, AND MASK
      9. A POLITICS OF MASKING
    6. Chapter 19: Unauthorized Comic Book Scanners
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. ARCHIVES OR ANTI-ARCHIVES?
      5. CULTURES OF CIRCULATION
      6. FORMAT AND CIRCULATION
      7. THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF CIRCULATORY COMMUNITIES
      8. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
  14. Section 5: Metal Studies
    1. Chapter 20: Perceptions of Identity and Expertise in Heavy Metal Fans within One Online Community of Practice
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REVIEW OF LITERATURE
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 21: From Pride to Prejudice to Shame
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODOLOGY
      4. RESULTS
      5. FINAL REFLECTIONS
    3. Chapter 22: The Dark Ecology of Black Metal
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. DARK ECOLOGY OF BLACK METAL
    4. Chapter 23: Postscript
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THE LIMITATIONS OF THE MEDIUM
      3. EMBRACING ALIENATION: A SCENE 'IN ITSELF'?
      4. THE DRIVE FOR AUTHENTICITY
      5. HISTORICIZING THE CONTEXT
  15. Section 6: Conclusion
    1. Chapter 24: Conclusion
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REFLECTIONS
  16. Compilation of References
  17. About the Contributors