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The intersections of virtual worlds, imagined communities and ``real life´´ are producing complex liminal spaces that social scientists are gradually surveying. Although their economic potential and impact has been examined in great detail, the extensive effect they have on international relations and trade is so far largely unmapped. The paper will discuss the various spaces where the existence of virtual societies change the way countries and societies interact with one another, detailing the effect on culture, division of labour and international trade. Can it truly be optimal for a low-income economy to specialize in the production of virtual goods? What impact would these interactions have on different sectors of the nation-state? Do virtual societies encourage virtual colonization?
virtual worlds, liminal spaces, technoscapes, international trade
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Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana. 2008. Virtual Colonization. Periodica Polytechnica 14(2):1-7. https://doi.org/10.3311/pp.so.2006-2.03
Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana. Virtual Colonization (2008). Periodica Polytechnica. 14 (2), 1-7. 10.3311/pp.so.2006-2.03 [article]. https://digitalcommons.stmarys-ca.edu/school-liberal-arts-faculty-works/797