Cyberspace opens up infinitely new possibilities to the deviant imagination. With access to the Internet and sufficient know-how you can, if you are so inclined, buy a bride, cruise gay bars, go on a global shopping spree with someone else's credit card, break into a bank's security system, plan a demonstration in another country and hack into the Pentagon − all on the same day. In more than any other medium, time and place are transcended, undermining the traditional relationship between physical context and social situation.
This book crosses the boundaries of sociological, criminological and cultural discourse in order to explore the implications of these massive transformations in information and communication technologies for the growth of criminal and deviant identities and behaviour on the Internet. This is a book not about computers, nor about legal controversies over the regulation of cyberspace, but about people and the new patterns of human identity, behaviour and association that are emerging as a result of the communications revolution.
1. Crime, deviance and the disembodied self: transcending the dangers of corporeality, Yvonne Jewkes and Keith Sharp 2. Policing the Net: crime, regulation and surveillance in cyberspace, Yvonne Jewkes 3. Cyberpunters and cyberwhores: prostitution on the Internet, Keith Sharp and Sarah Earle 4. The electronic cloak: secret sexual deviance in cybersociety, Heather DiMarco 5. Cyber-chattels: buying brides and babies on the Net, Gayle Letherby and Jen Marchbank 6. What a tangled web we weave: identity theft and the Internet, Emily Finch 7. Cyberstalking: an international perspective, Janice Joseph 8. Maestros or misogynists? Gender and the social construction of hacking, Paul A. Taylor 9. Digital counter-cultures and the nature of electronic social and political movements, Rinella Cere 10. Investigating cybersociety: a consideration of the ethical and practical issues surrounding online research in chat rooms, Andrew D. DiMarco and Heather DiMarco