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‘Crafting Self-Identity in a Virtual Community’ / Yan, Wu

Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Volume: 1, Issue: 4, Pages: 238 - 258

Swansea University Author: Yan, Wu

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To study the process of constructing self identity by Internet users is achallenging task for social scientists, while the use of ethnographic method instudying the interactions among individuals in an online virtual community is byno means of easy job. Employing qualitative studies as the main rese...

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ISSN: 1750-497X
Published: Multicultural Education & Technology Journal 2007
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