The Virtual Construction of Legality: ‘Griefing’ & Normative Order in Second Life

Journal of Law, Information, & Science, Vol. 21, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010 Last revised: 10 Aug 2014

Eric M. Fink

Elon University School of Law

Date Written: April 11, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: norms, virtual worlds, socio-legal, legal consciousness, deviance

JEL Classification: D74

Suggested Citation

Fink, Eric M., The Virtual Construction of Legality: ‘Griefing’ & Normative Order in Second Life (April 11, 2011). Journal of Law, Information, & Science, Vol. 21, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1669804

Eric M. Fink (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

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Greensboro, NC 27401
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