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Hanging Out in the Virtual PubMasculinities and Relationships Online$
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Lori Kendall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230361

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230361.001.0001

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Class, Race, and Online Participation

Class, Race, and Online Participation

(p.180) 7 Class, Race, and Online Participation
Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub

Kendall Lori

University of California Press

This chapter discusses online class and race. The class backgrounds of BlueSky participants enable their participation in a variety of ways and allow them to use BlueSky to support and continue their middle-class status. In order for participants to create a middle-class cultural online space, they need to enact middle-class identities. While to identify readily what it means to perform a female or male identity, most mudders like other people within U.S. culture would not consider themselves to be performing middle-classness. The article points out, that class meanings and identities are created and expressed through interaction. Given that muds are limited to textual communication, participants must convey their class status through verbal exchange of information about their lives and backgrounds, along with patterns of speech, and so forth. It also examines participants' perceptions of their own racial identities and the racial character of BlueSky. Furthermore the chapter discusses how online spaces remain predominantly white in both demographics and culture.

Keywords:   class, race, middle-class status, BlueSky, mudders, culture

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