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1st Edition

Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures
Passionate Play

ISBN 9780415897662
Published December 21, 2011 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

How do gender and sexuality come to matter in online game cultures? Why is it important to explore "straight" versus "queer" contexts of play? And what does it mean to play together with others over time, as co-players and researchers?

Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures is a book about female players and their passionate encounters with the online game World of Warcraft and its player cultures. It takes seriously women’s passions in games, and as such draws attention to questions of pleasure in and desire for technology.

The authors use a unique approach of what they term a "twin ethnography" that develops two parallel stories. Sveningsson studies "straight" game culture, and makes explicit that which is of the norm by exploring the experiences of female gamers in a male-dominated gaming context. Sundén investigates "queer" game culture through the queer potentials of mainstream World of Warcraft culture, as well as through the case of a guild explicitly defined as LGBT.

Academic research on game culture is flourishing, yet feminist accounts of gender and sexuality in games are still in the making. Drawing on feminist notions of performance, performativity and positionality, as well as the recent turn to affect and phenomenology within cultural theory, the authors develop queer, feminist studies of online player cultures in ways that are situated and embodied.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Into the Game  Jenny Sundén and Malin Sveningsson  1. Go with Your Passion!  Malin Sveningsson  2. The More the Merrier!  Malin Sveningsson  3. The Straight Game  Malin Sveningsson  4. Playing Along  Malin Sveningsson  5. Desires at Play  Jenny Sundén  6. A Feel of Play  Jenny Sundén  7. Coming Home and Coming Out  Jenny Sundén  8. A Queer Eye on Transgressive Play  Jenny Sundén  Closing Chapter: Writing a Twin Ethnography  Malin Sveningsson and Jenny Sundén

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Jenny Sundén is Associate Professor in the Department of Media Technology at the School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm.

Malin Sveningsson is Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Karlstad University.


"Useful, timely, and accessible... Routledge has published a valuable addition to the growing literature elucidating the experience of often-invisible, often-ignored minorities among the largely homogenousmass of online gamers." - Dorothea Salo, Feminist Collections, Voulme 33(3)