Is There a Home in Cyberspace?

The Internet in Migrants' Everyday Life and the Emergence of Global Communities

By Heike Mónika Greschke

© 2012 – Routledge

248 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

How is global togetherness possible? How does the availability of the Internet alter migrants' everyday lives and senses of belonging? This book introduces an 'alien people' inhabiting a specific common virtual space in the World Wide Web, while the members of this space - most of them ethnic Paraguayans - are physically located in many different parts of the world.

By developing an innovative and 'uniquely adequate' set of research methods, the author explores the interrelation of media and migration practices in their own right and sheds light not only on the living conditions of contemporary (Paraguayan) migrants, but also on emerging global forms of living together. The concentration on a single case facilitates an in-depth understanding of contemporary migration practices, cultural meanings of digital media and senses of belonging.

The book discusses empirical data, methods and theoretical concepts in a reflexive writing style, allowing readers to follow the research process, and to learn from its choices and challenges which are rarely visible in most research reports. The reflexive research procedure contributes not only to the understanding of social realities in the light of globalization, but also to an advancement of sociological methods and concepts for researching social phenomena in global landscapes and mediatization.

Table of Contents

A. Migration—Media—Everyday Life 1. Introduction 2. The Tragedy of Ycua Bolaños—Ethnographic Prelude 3. The Making of Globality in Migrants’ Mediatized Everyday Lives 4. WWW.Cibervalle.com—A Global Lifeworld ‘à lo Paraguayo’ 5. Methodological Challenges and Book Structure B. Hopping-On—Hopping-Off: The Art of Positioning Ethnography in Global Landscapes 6. Ethnographers on Their Way to World Society 7. Multi-Sited Ethnography—A Methodology for the Mediatized Global Society? 8. Developments in Internet Research (and) Cultures 9. A Tailor-Made Research Design for Cibervalle C. Social Landscapes of Cibervalle 10. Paraguay: A (Hi)story of Migration 11. Where and with Whom to Drink Terere†: Cibervalle ‘Multi-Sited’ D. Cibervalle’s Communicative Architecture 12. How to Analyze Computer-Mediated Sociality 13. Structure and Techno-Social Evolution of the Cibervalle Forum 14. Global Togetherness in Cibervalle 15. "Now the World Is Watching You!"—How Cibervallers Once Became ‘Global Players’. Final Remarks

About the Author

Heike Mónika Greschke is a sociologist at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

The planet is being transformed by technical change and in particular by the speed of development in information technology. This series brings together the latest research on the social impact of IT and seeks to provide a broad range of case studies and comparative analysis of this phenomena and how it is changing our lives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC007000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC037000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies