The Virtual Construction of Legality: ‘Griefing’ & Normative Order in Second Life
Eric M. Fink
Elon University School of Law
April 11, 2011
Journal of Law, Information, & Science, Vol. 21, Forthcoming
This article examines the construction of legality in a virtual world, seeking to under-stand how informal social order emerges as residents construct meaning around interpersonal conflicts and interact on the basis of such meaning. ‘Griefing’, a form of disruptive behavior common to virtual worlds, provides a lens through which to investigate emergent social norms and boundaries in the virtual world of Second Life. Identifying and distinguishing rhetorical frames in Second Life residents’ understandings of and responses to griefing, the study aims to elucidate the social meaning of griefing and its place in the construction and maintenance of social order.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: norms, virtual worlds, socio-legal, legal consciousness, deviance
JEL Classification: D74Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 2, 2010 ; Last revised: April 23, 2011
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