[Air-l] Fw: New Book Available: Inuit in Cyberspace

Frank Schaap architext at fragment.nl
Tue Aug 19 08:34:50 PDT 2003

I can't remember having seen this book mentioned on this list, so I'm
forwarding (via ANKN and Cyberculture mailinglists, see details in footers).


New Book Available:
Inuit in Cyberspace: Embedding Offline Identities Online
By Neil Blair Christensen

For more information and to order please see:


I am delighted to be able to write to you now and inform you that Inuit in
Cyberspace has recently been published. In this cyber-ethnography, I explore
the processes by which a wide selection of personal, local, cultural and
national identities are expressed and understood on the Internet. The
different Inuit peoples of the circumpolar Arctic have always taken active
part in the world, but their contemporary use of Internet(s) has affected
even more their relative isolation - one that comes from living in a
peripheral region of the world. Yet, Inuit and others are constructing web
pages with social and physical references that sustain an imagined Arctic
remoteness; a logic that seems to be a key aspect of Inuit identities and

The book brings together in analysis and discussion the realities of
contemporary Inuit, the myth of cyberspace, a selection of dynamic
strategies for identification, as well as a discussion of online methods for
research. It concludes that Inuit dynamically remain Inuit, in all their
diversity, regardless of an imagined compression of time and space; their
use of changing technologies, or participation in enlarged social networks.
It carries a series of new perspectives for the researched and the

Kind regards
Neil Blair Christensen


Christensen, Neil Blair: Inuit in Cyberspace: Embedding Offline
Identities Online, 2003, 135 pages, ISBN 87-7289-723-6. Prices: $19, ¤
20, £14, DKK 148


Introduction: Shifting Boundaries

Modern Tradition
Escape Cyberspace
Old frontiers in new space

I Going Nowhere to get Everywhere

Online survey
E-mail interviews
Content analysis of web pages
Wanted: practical method

II (Re)producing the Arctic in Cyberspace

The myth of cyberspace
Peripherality on the Net
Three regions: Canadian Artic, Greenland, and Alaska
Bridging a gap?

III A Common Web of Difference and Similarity

Recursive dynamics: social boundaries and cultural stuff
Us and them: self-identify by identifying others
Taloyoak in cyberspace
Native language
Intelligible boundaries

IV Perceiving Cyberspace

Engaging with the world
Disengaging from abstract theory

Continuity? Accept Change and Understand Context


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