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Cyberidentities At War
The Moluccan Conflict on the Internet
Translated from the German by Jeremy Gaines
434 pages, 20 illus, 2 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-0-85745-854-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2013)
“This is a highly interesting study of the way three internet sites operated in the Moluccan violent conflict over a number of years…The book offers a wealth of information about the Moluccan conflict and provides an in-depth study of the new media that make current conflicts so much more complex. Moreover, there are few long-term studies of the use of cyberspace.” · Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institute, Halle/Saale
Conflicting parties worldwide increasingly use the Internet in a strategic way, and struggles carried out on a local level achieve a new dimension. This new kind of medialization results in a conflict’s expansion into global cyberspace. Based on ethnographic research on the online activities of Christian and Muslim actors in the Moluccan conflict (1999–2003), this study investigates processes of identity construction, community building and evolving conflict dynamics on the Internet. In contributing to conflict and Internet research, this study paves the way for a new cyberanthropology. A newly added epilogue outlines the directions in which the situation in the Moluccas has continued and discusses the advances and developments of theoretical and methodological concerns presented in the 2005 German edition.
Birgit Bräuchler is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne. She is author of The Cultural Dimension of Peace (2015, Palgrave), editor of Reconciling Indonesia (2009, Routledge), co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (2010, Berghahn) with John Postill and Theorising Media and Conflict (forthcoming, Berghahn) with Philipp Budka. She is also published widely in peer-reviewed journals.