Reconfiguration of Communities in Cyberspace

Reconfiguration of Communities in Cyberspace

Sung Bok Park (Hanyang University, Korea) and Ha Sung Hwang (Hanyang University, Korea)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch115
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Abstract

Since the emergence of new forms of communities in cyberspace, many scholars have attempted to define the nature of those communities—online, cyber, and virtual. Within the social sciences, online, cyber, and virtual communities are used interchangeably as new forms of community in cyberspace. Due to the lack of agreement on the definition of those terms, many studies fail to explain their unique nature (or characteristics).

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