Title

Virtual Colonization

SMC Author

Andras Margitay-Becht - Graduate Business Management Dana Herrera - Anthropology

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Author Role

co-authors

Status

Faculty

School

Multi

Department

Multi

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Periodica Polytechnica

Description/Abstract

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?

Keywords

virtual worlds, liminal spaces, technoscapes, international trade

DOI

10.3311/pp.so.2006-2.03

Volume

14

Issue

2

First Page

1

Last Page

7

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Original Citation

Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana. 2008. Virtual Colonization. Periodica Polytechnica 14(2):1-7.

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